ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday reserved verdict on review appeals against ban on Houbara bustard’s hunt.
A five-member larger bench of the court led by Chief Justice, Anwar Zaheer Jamali, comprising justices Mian Saqib Nisar, Iqbal Hameedur Rehman, Umar Ata Bandial and Qazi Faez Isa resumed the case.
Identical review petitions have been filed by federal and provincial governments challenging the court’s ban on hunting of the endangered bird, Houbara bustard.
During proceedings, Syed Ali Zaffar and Makhdoom Ali Khan, representing different circles of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab affected by the court decision on Houbara Bustard hunting ban told that they have been advised by their clients to withdraw petitions.
They prayed the court to allow withdrawal of their three petitions. On which Justice Umar Ata Bandial directed them to continue arguments as it was a matter of public concern, it is not the matter of only Houbara Bustard as it was a matter of wildlife.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa asked the Attorney General to inform the court how a state could claim ownership of a migrated bird as there was a different status for local and migrated bird in the constitution. Attorney General Salman aslam Butt told that law permitted limited hunting of Houbara Bustard (Taloor).
Chief Justice Anwar Jamali asked former President Supreme Court Bar Association Kamran Murtaza counsel for a petitioner Malik Saleem to assist the court knowing sensitivity of the matter.
Kamran Muratza appeared before the bench and remarked that he supported the court decision over ban on endangered Houbara Bustard hunting.
He said that in review petition the whole case again could not be proceed as it had a limited circle.
Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt maintained that international organizations of wildlife had permitted controlled hunting thus there must not be a complete ban on Houbara bustard’s hunt.
Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that court’s order had become a law.
“If there was any mistake in an order, it was the court’s responsibility to correct it as it had done in the pensions and there was no need of a review appeal, he added. NNI