Karachi: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday suspended a notification of provincial wildlife department that cancelled the licence for keeping wildlife animals. A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Nadeem Akhtar gave an interim order while hearing a petition filed by Ali Gohar Khan Mahar, a resident of Ghotki district, who took provincial secretary for forest, environment and wildlife department to the court for restoration of his licence. The court also issued notice to respondent secretary forest, environment and wildlife department and adjourned the hearing by 6 January 2014.
The petitioner through his counsel submitted that he preserved and protected the sizable population of rare species of wildlife animals including Hog Deer, Ibex, Black Buk Chinkara and other birds, which were fading away due to negligence of department concerned.
He said that he obtained a licenses for keeping wildlife animals and birds under the Sindh Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1972, which was extended time and again by the respondents. The petitioner said that population of the animals had increased to thousands in number, which required that area for keeping them be expanded and for that purpose he applied for the extension of the area. He said that revenue department leased him more area for the purpose.
Subsequently, he said that he obtained license for establishment of private Wildlife Farm on February 4, 2013 and was extended on June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2014. The petitioner said that on December 19, 2012 license was cancelled by the department, which according to petitioner, was illegal act of the respondent. He requested the court to set aside the notification.