LAHORE - Giving a last chance to the Foreign Affairs Ministry to submit its reply over the royal preying permits, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday observed that the Secretary Foreign Affairs would be summoned if reply was not filed on next hearing.

Naeem Sadiq, a citizen of Karachi, had filed the petition and argued that the permits of preying internationally protected Houbara Bustards and other migrated-birds could not be issued by the government. “These permits are in clear violation of Punjab Wildlife (Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Management) (Amendment) Act, 2007,” he maintained.

He alleged that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had issued 29 more preying birds permits in violation of an interim ban put by the court. However, according to the government statistics, 33 permits/licenses have already been issued to the royals of five Gulf countries.

The court had also directed the ministry of foreign affairs to issue notices to all preying permit holders to arrange their representation in the proceedings of the case.

Before adjourning the hearing until December 19, Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza of LHC said that the ministry must submit its report or its Secretary would be summoned.