NHMP and wildlife department team up to fight poaching – Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: In a first step towards wildlife conservation in buffer zones along roads and highways, the National Roads and Highways Police (NHMP) has signed an agreement with the Punjab Wildlife Department to combat the poaching and trapping of birds and animals.
Since the vast uninhabited area adjoining the highways and parts along the highways do not fall under the jurisdiction of any particular authority, these places have become hotspots for poaching.
After the recent case of fallow deer hunting along the Sindh highway was reported on social media, the authorities decided to unite to fight against these illegal practices.
NHMP Inspector General Inam Ghani has taken the initiative that the Highway Police and the Punjab Wildlife Department will jointly patrol the areas surrounding the highways to prevent hunters from hunting illegally.
Among the various areas, the territory of Kalar Kahar is one of the favorite places for poachers and trappers and it has been decided that the highway police will take tough action against the offenders.
The NHMP is authorized to issue tickets to pedestrians and drivers for illegal pick and drop on highways; however, maintaining controls on poaching and other similar illegal environmental and wildlife practices was outside of its mandate.
It has been decided that all these offenders, if caught, will be handed over to the wildlife service for the fulfillment of legal formalities related to illegal hunting.
It has also been agreed by the two departments that focal points will be appointed to improve interaction to ensure wildlife protection.
Meanwhile, Mr Ghani said in a statement that wildlife protection was a joint responsibility and that similar agreements would also be signed with wildlife departments in other provinces.
He said the main objective of the NHMP was to provide road safety, prompt assistance and impartial law enforcement on roads and highways. But environmental and wildlife protection has been ignored in the past.
Posted in Dawn, 1 May 2022