Former MNA arrested for illegal hunting in Cholistan

All of the accused were released after paying the fine imposed by the court


Owais Qarni July 09, 2015
An official of the Wildlife department told The Express Tribune that Tanveer and his son had been involved in illegal hunting in Cholistan desert since many years. DESIGN: AMNA IQBAL

RAHIM YAR KHAN: Wildlife Department has arrested former Member National Assembly and parliamentary secretary for defense Major (retd) Tanveer Shah for illegal hunting in Cholistan desert.

Shah, along with his son Ali Haider Shah and three others were apprehended by the local police in Toba Maadhu Wala, a suburb of Rahim Yar Khan. They seized a Kalashnikov, a .222 rifle, six hunted partridges, knives and other weapons from their possession.

After a challan was filed against them, all of the arrested criminals were presented before the court of Civil Judge Masood.

After hearing both sides of the case, the judge imposed a fine of Rs30,000 individually on each of the accused and Rs150,000 on all of them collectively.

They were released after the fines were paid.

An official of the Wildlife department told The Express Tribune that Tanveer and his son had been involved in illegal hunting in Cholistan desert for many years.

Last year, a scuffle between Wildlife Force and Tanveer had led to an FIR against the former MNA.

Ali Haider Shah alias Ali Laadla regularly uploads pictures of hunted bird and deer along with the weapons on his Facebook account.

Tanveer was the federal parliamentary secretary for defense during General (retd) Musharaf’s regime. He had been elected as MPA three times form the constituency 193 of Rahim Yar Khan in 2000, 2002 and 2008.

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