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SHC seeks replies from Customs, interior ministry in rare turtle smuggling case

SHC seeks replies from Customs, interior ministry in rare turtle smuggling case

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) division bench, headed by SHC Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, has sought replies in smuggling of rare turtle case and called a report on the proceedings initiated by the Customs authorities.

The court also directed deputy attorney general to file replies of the interior ministry and the climate change division on efforts to curb the smuggling of endangered species from Pakistan. The bench issued a notice to the alleged trafficker through the Customs court to appear on December 12.

These directions came on a petition filed by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan, Pakistan Animal Welfare Society and others. The NGOs had sought a thorough probe into the smuggling of endangered species, including black-spotted turtles and tortoises, and the prosecution of smugglers under anti-smuggling and Customs laws.