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Pakistani Authorities Seize 74 Smuggled Falcons

Pakistani authorities seized 74 smuggled falcons belonging to "endangered species" in raids at a posh residential area in the southern port city of Karachi, a customs official said on Saturday (October 17). 

At a press conference, the customs collector Mohammad Saqif said the birds were smuggled from Afghanistan and were destined to be transferred to Arab countries. 

He said the anti-smuggling organisation of Pakistan's customs successfully conducted two search operations in the Defence Housing Authority area during the night of October 15, which resulted in the recovery of a large number of exotic birds. 

The estimated value of the 74 falcons is 200 million rupees ($1.2 million), Saqif added. 

The birds belong to endangered species under the International Convention on Illegal Trade on Endangered Species (CITES), said a press release from Pakistani customs. 

Custom officials plan to release the birds in their natural habitats after completion of due legal formalities. 

Pakistani Authorities Seize 74 Smuggled Falcons

The estimated value of the 74 falcons is $1.2 million, customs officials said. 

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Pakistani authorities seized 74 smuggled falcons belonging to "endangered species" in raids at a posh residential area in the southern port city of Karachi, a customs official said on Saturday (October 17). 

At a press conference, the customs collector Mohammad Saqif said the birds were smuggled from Afghanistan and were destined to be transferred to Arab countries. 

He said the anti-smuggling organisation of Pakistan's customs successfully conducted two search operations in the Defence Housing Authority area during the night of October 15, which resulted in the recovery of a large number of exotic birds. 

The estimated value of the 74 falcons is 200 million rupees ($1.2 million), Saqif added. 

The birds belong to endangered species under the International Convention on Illegal Trade on Endangered Species (CITES), said a press release from Pakistani customs. 

Custom officials plan to release the birds in their natural habitats after completion of due legal formalities. 

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