SC lifts ban on Houbara Bustard hunting

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court lifted the ban on Houbara Bustard hunting on Friday. The bird is rare desert specie whose meat is prized by Arab Sheikhs.

A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, heard the case and and announced the judgement on the petition filed by the federal and provincial governments.

In a 4-1 majority ruling, the court lifted the ban on hunting of the endangered bird.

In its 16-page judgement, the SC said the “role of the judiciary is to interpret the laws and not to legislate”.

It is the provincial governments, the court said, which exercise discretionary power to classify animals as ‘protected’ or ‘game’ species. Balochistan Act, 2014 places houbara bustard both in protected and game animal categories, the court noted.


On August 19, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja had banned the hunting of the rare bird, a decision welcomed by wildlife campaigners and conservationists.