Over 1,000 rare birds returned by Bahrain to Pakistan

Friday 10 March 2017 3 months ago 54   Islamabad   Print

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Report  Web desk : ISLAMABAD: Over a thousand rare birds, including baby parrots and nightingales, were smuggled on March 5 to Bahrain in the guise of lovebirds and Australian parrots by collusion of government departments. Pakistan bars export of parrots and nightingales. Bahrain authorities on finding about the scam stopped the smuggler from carrying the birds to the country and sent the shipment back to Pakistan on March 8. Dozens of birds died due to starvation. Officials of the customs and wildlife department as well as a veterinary doctor of a government department were involved in the scam. The individuals, instead of returning the shipment back to the wildlife department, declared the birds as imports and gave the birds back to the importer. No inquiry was conducted against the importer either. Documents related to declaration of birds as imports were riddled with contradictions. Moreover, permit given by the Ministry of Climate Change was only for lovebirds and pigeons, and the same was reiterated by the custom officials. On the contrary, the invoice and custom documents include import of Australian parrots. A couple of weeks ago, two shipments of similar rare birds were returned by Saudi Arabia but no inquiry was held into the matter. 02