GILGIT: In a serious improvement, the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) wildlife division has arrested a person for killing greater than 100 ibex (Capra sibirica) within the area.
The arrest has come as a shock and shock in G-B the place the profitable conservation programme known as trophy searching was believed to have discouraged unlawful searching of treasured wild species.
Mohammad Essa was arrested late Tuesday night time when he was on the way in which to his dwelling in Hoper village of district Nagar, a wildlife division’s official instructed The Categorical Tribune, terming the crime unprecedented within the G-B historical past.
“The car was raided on a tip-off and about 30kg of ibex meat was also recovered from the vehicle,” the official mentioned, including that the raiding celebration was headed by vary forest officer (RFO) Naik Alam.
Subsequently, the accused and his automotive had been handed over to police for authorized formalities.
In accordance with sources, the wrongdoer revealed throughout the investigation that he used to provide meat to some authorities officers and different influential folks to oblige them. He additionally named his two different accomplices who had been additionally arrested by the police.
Shamoon and Ghaffar had been additionally nabbed Thursday and recovered a 7mm gun used and pores and skin of the hunted ibex.
They had been sentenced to 2 years jail apart from a penalty of Rs.140, 000. The weapon recovered was handed over to police who registered a separate case in opposition to them.
Saving Pakistan’s ibex searching programme
In accordance with an official assertion, Essa was introduced earlier than a forest Justice of the Peace/DFO Gibran Haider on Wednesday the place he reportedly confessed to killing over 100 ibex.
The Justice of the Peace sentenced him to one-year imprisonment apart from imposing a penalty of Rs140,000 beneath wildlife Act 1975.
Himalayan ibex are discovered at an altitude of about 3,660 metres to over 5,000 metres within the increased mountain ranges of Karakoram, Hindukush and Himalayan mountain ranges of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The long-horned animal is without doubt one of the 18 uncommon species for these searching allow is allowed formally in G-B beneath trophy searching programme within the area.
Final 12 months the searching payment was about Rs110,000.