QUETTA: A large number of farmers and tribesmen protested in Gandawah tehsil of Jhal Magsi district on Saturday against the reported allotment of an area in Kachhi district to a Qatari prince for the hunting of the houbara bustard.

The protesters blocked the main highway between Gandawah and Shoran because of which traffic on the highway remained suspended for several hours.They were of the opinion that it was harvesting season in the Sani Shoran tehsil and the hunting activity would damage their crops and deprive them of their livelihood. They said they would not allow Qatari guests to hunt the endangered migratory birds in their area.

District chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Sardar Khan Rind was leading the protesters.

Addressing the protesters, Mr Rind claimed that the government had allotted the whole Sani Shoran tehsil to the Qatari prince for the hunting of houbara bustards.

He criticised the federal government and said the people of the area would not accept such decisions.

He accused the government of using security forces for the protection Qatari guests’ hunting activity.

Meanwhile, Mr Rind has written a letter to the Qatari ambassador to Pakistan, informing him about the negative impact of hunting in the area.