ISLAMABAD: The federal government failed to convince the apex court to set aside its judgment on the houbara bustard .

Additional Attorney General Amir Rehman who represented the federation gave reference of World Wild Life and Houbara Bustard Foundation reports but could not satisfy the bench about population of houbara bustard in Pakistan.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the case.

The Supreme Court on August 19 judgment barred the federal and provincial governments from granting permits for hunting the endangered bird and reminded them that the country’s laws were not a ‘saleable commodity’.

Additional Attorney General Chaudhry Abdul Rehman on behalf of the federal government had filed a review petition against the apex court’s verdict.

The federal administration has expressed apprehension that the ban on hunting houbara bustard could affect the frail ties between Pakistan and the Middle East.

The government’s review petition stated that before issuing its verdict, the apex court had not considered Pakistan’s relations with Middle Eastern countries in the backdrop of the Yemen crisis. “Since Pakistan has decided to remain neutral in view of the National Assembly’s April 10 resolution, the decision has adversely affected the country’s diplomatic ties with the Middle Eastern countries. The ban on falconry hunting of houbara bustard could further affect the already weakened relations.”