A member of royal family of Chitral region has become the first Pakistani to obtain a permit for hunting ibex at Arkari valley, a privilege usually reserved for well-heeled foreign tourists visiting the area.
Shahzada Sail Ali paid Rs 50,000 for the permit to hunt ibex. He killed an ibex with 50 inches long horn which was a record in Chitral valley, a district forest officer told PTI.
Foreigners usually pay USD 80,000 to 90,000 for a hunting permit. 80 per cent of this amount is distributed among the local community through village conservation committees that protect wildlife, the official said.
Only 20 per cent of the amount goes to the government exchequer, he said.
The rich wildlife of the region comprises Kashmir markhor, ibex, other animals and birds.
Authorities are trying to increase the number of hunting permits to six a year because the scheme has attracted many foreign hunters, the officer said.