Lahore: 32 falcons worth Rs90m seized by ACE
LAHORE: The Anti–Corruption Establishment (ACE) on Tuesday busted a warehouse in Defence where the illegal sale and purchase of falcons was taking place, and seized 32 falcons in a sting operation. Director ACE Sindh Jawed Ahmed Baloch confirmed the operation, but said the warehouse owner had escaped and raids were being conducted to arrest him. Talking to The News, he said the Pakistan government had banned the sale, purchase and breeding of falcons in 2007.
He said he planned the sting operation after he was tipped off a few days back that the illegal business of the sale and purchase of falcons was being done at a flat in Punjab Colony, Defence.
AEC officials in civvies went to the property and found that the illegal business was going on in the flat. The ACE director then directed an official to go to the place as a customer and asked the owner to show him falcons. During the visit, the flat owner told him that each falcon was worth Rs2.5 million.
When the ACE official described the rate as too high, the owner took him inside the flat where more than 30 falcons had been kept. There a deal was struck and the official paid Rs100,000 as an advance and told the seller that he would return in a few hours to make the full payment.
ACE Director Baloch said that after confirmation of the presence of the birds he ordered his subordinates to raid the flat and seized all falcons.
An ACE team raided the flat, picked up a watchman and seized all the 32 falcons and the warehouse. Baloch added that the accused had been doing that business for the past 10 years and that the recovered falcons were worth about Rs90 million.