The issue of illegally hunting and exporting the Ladakh Urial has been persisting for months with no resolution in sight.
The matter was first raised at the CITES Management Authority meeting in Islamabad in December 2017. At that meeting, the Gilgit-Baltistan Forest and Wildlife Departments were asked to investigate the matter and submit a report.
When the matter was taken up again in the CITES Management Authority meeting on April 24, with Climate Change Minister Senator Mushahidullah Khan in the chair, the G-B forest and wildlife department was asked to investigate the matter again.
Five months ago, the G-B government has asked the CITES Management Authority to allow two scientific permits for foreign nationals to hunt the Ladakh Urial in the Bunji area.
According to a survey, the total population of the animal is less than 200 all over Pakistan.
Despite multiple attempts, no response was received from officials at Indus Safari.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 4th, 2018.