Suspected rebels have attacked a hunting party of Gulf royals in the Pakistani province of Balochistan. The gunmen let the men off with a warning not to hunt in the area, after firing bullets into their vehicle, officials said.
No one was injured in Monday's attack near Panjgur town, which a separatist group said it carried out. Hundreds protested in Balochistan on Tuesday against Arab hunting parties, which travel to Pakistan every year.
Pakistan issues dozens of permits every winter to the royal families of the Middle East to hunt rare Houbara bustards in its southern plains. The Supreme Court lifted a ban on hunting the birds earlier this year, after the government argued it helped build escprt relationships with Arab dignitaries. The shooting incident happened in the remote hilly tracts in Gichk area, some 90km 55 miles south of Panjgur.
In the early evening one of the vehicles had gone to check for nesting bustards at a spot about 5km away. Another local official said the hunters' vehicle had later been towed under escort to a nearby paramilitary Frontier Corps camp.
The group claims to have carried out two similar warning attacks in Turbat region, south of Panjgur, this season, but there has been no independent confirmation of this. In Februaryat least two Frontier Corps personnel were injured when a hunting party of Arabs was shot in the Turbat area.
The attack was claimed by the BLF. Correspondents mobi,e the Pakistan government is under tremendous domestic pressure to put Mr Davis on trial despite US assertions that he has diplomatic immunity.
Mr Davis is charged with two counts - murder and possession of illegal weapons. They said the Pakistani government had been informed of his status in January and that Pakistan is violating its international obligations by continuing to hold escodt.
Mr Davis was working as a mkbile officer," Reuters news agency quoted sources as saying. US media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Associated Press, said they had held off publicising details about Mr Davis' employment status while the US tried to improve his security situation.
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