In The Name of ALLAH The Almighty
An open letter to Mehtar e Chitral.
I was very delighted to hear that Mehtar e Chtiral HH Fateh Ul Mulk
Ali Nasir has banned illegal Water fowl hunting (sometime called as
game hunting) in his ancestry hunting ground (Balach Shotar). This
ground is famous for hosting numerous migratory birds during
autumn, winter and spring season during which birds hunting in its
full swing. For implementing his directions he has made some bold
decisions by abolishing the recently erected hunting ponds. This
decision reflects his kind heartiness and good thinking for the
creature of Allah. I sincerely appreciate His Highness for this
compassionate decision where the district administration and wild
life department failed to ensure wildlife conservation from the
past few decades.
Unfortunately it is inconvenient truth that
illegal hunting of wildlife is predominantly practiced all over
Chitral but one must not forget the fact that hunting is in the
blood of many Khow people (as it is common practice been carried
out for centuries) and is a source of excitement for the locals to
pass the harsh winter season with some entertainment. Water fowl
hunting is also practiced in all over the world but is regularized
either by the government or through the community.
Here I would just like to bring an important point under kind
consideration of HH that instead of banning hunting it would be
much pretty if he can regulate the hunting mechanism in Balach
Shotar. Making a single pond in the entire ground and issuing
provisional hunting license (on daily basis) and utilizing that
revenue for any social cause in Chitral can be one option.