Endangered birds seized at airport

DAILY TIMES

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs officials at Jinnah International Airport on Monday arrested a passenger with three cages registered for Muscat, Oman containing 17 flamingos, 2 cranes and 120 rose-ringed parrots. Officials said passenger Ahmed Bux claimed that he had a permit to export the birds and showed some documents, which were found to be fake. After initial investigation, the case was handed over to the Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD). A source in the SWD informed this scribe that Bux has been frequently exporting protected and endangered birds out of the country with the help of some SWD officials. Flamingos and cranes are migratory birds that arrive from their native countries to Sindh and other parts of Pakistan and are protected under the Sindh Wildlife Ordinance 1972.

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