ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned hearing of the review petition regarding ban on Houbara Bustard hunting till Thursday (January 7).
The five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman, Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the case filed by the federation, Punjab, Sindh governments and 11 other petitioner seeking review on apex court direction regarding ban on Houbara Bustard hunting.
During the course of proceedings, the bench remarked that only Houbara Bustard was not in danger but other birds’ species were also rare and the government should took solid steps to save the species of these endangered birds.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial asked Attorney General for Pakistan who was representing federation in the case that the foreign ministry issued notification to allow hunting in the country contrary to the Constitution.
Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt told that government was ready to implement relevant laws regarding hunting of birds. On this Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that world conventions could not overcome local laws. He remarked that there were two aspects of the case, one is Sindh High Court verdict and the secondly the court would observe that whether it comes under basic human rights Article 184 (3) or not.
He said that the bench would examine its status that whether the matter can be reviewed or not.
Attorney General Salman Butt told that one part of the notification does not comply with the judicial findings. He said law exist in this regard but it could be amended.
Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali asked the AGP to inform the court that if the government wanted to declare apex court’s decision null and void or they wanted to change a particular part of the earlier decision.
Salman Butt said that the government wanted to change the verdict and it wanted to allow hunting as allowed in the international conventions.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa remarked that wrong year and wrong law was mentioned in the notification and this matter relates to wildlife and Environment Ministry but the notification was issued by the foreign ministry.
Additional Advocate General Punjab Razzaq A Mirza told the bench that petition regarding ban on houbara bustard hunting was not maintainable. He prayed the court to accept review petition.
Later, the court directed Farooq H. Naek representing Sindh Government in the case to continue arguments till Thursday.