The country’s very first wildlife protection police stations were established in Sindh under the Sindh Wildlife Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Management Act 2020. Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan, Jamshoro and Hyderabad to file complaints against animal rights violations and other wildlife violations.
Despite the pressure on human resources, the Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) must manage the police stations 24 hours a day. Officials stationed at the site will be empowered to file a first offense report (FOR) – on first information report (FIR) as defined in law – on crimes against wildlife.
“Anyone can now file the offense report at these police stations,” said SWD chief curator Javed Ahmed Mahar.
According to the SWD, more such police stations will be established in other districts of the province.
“They are the first [wildlife] police stations in Pakistan, âMahar added.
Talk to L’Express Tribune, the chief curator said that under the Sindh Wildlife Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Management Act 2020, which repealed the Sindh Wildlife Protection Ordinance of 1972 , weaker, and increased the scope of protection for wildlife and birds in the province for the first time since SWD authorities can arrest perpetrators of wildlife crimes. They can bring complaints against those who attempt to endanger wildlife, hinder their protection or attack SWD officials, Mahar added.
Among other prohibitions and provisions, the 2020 law gave SWD personnel police status and extended coverage to all wildlife, including animals that enter the province via cross-border migration or as a result of activity. human.
A wildlife inspector will head each of the six police stations and keep an official register of complaints and FORs filed against perpetrators.
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With the status of a police station, wildlife inspectors will remain active 24 hours a day. [which serves the same function as an FIR] to the [relevant] district and session judge, âMahar said.
The chief curator added that citizens will be able to go to these police stations and file complaints about crimes against wildlife.
Since there are no locks in the newly established wildlife protection police stations, SWD officials will have access to regular police stations in the district if a perpetrator is detained or arrested, he explained.
He called on citizens to take advantage of these police stations and immediately contact the relevant official to report any wildlife crime.
Although it is often difficult to locate the perpetrators of such crimes, Mahar was convinced that this decision will allow his department to take swift action and curb such acts. âOur teams were already active and in the field. With these police stations in place, we will be able to rid the province of all kinds of wildlife crime.
Of the 600 civil servants assigned to the SWD, many are said to be ghost employees, who are rarely seen in the line of duty.
Informed sources from the ministry said L’Express Tribune that there were a number of employees, including game guards, who never performed their duties.
“There are a number of staff who have never been assigned to any assignment since their appointment,” a senior official revealed. “Some have even retired without ever having been assigned a mission.”
But, under guidelines issued by the provincial office of the SWD, every employee was invited to join their position in the new configuration. “There will be no room for ghost staff to escape now,” the senior official said.
Posted in The Express Tribune, September 19e, 2021.