CHITRAL: Markhors disappearing from Chitral Gol National Park due to negligence of the wildlife department, according to MNA Chitral Molana Abdul Akber Chitrali.
Speaking at a press conference here, the MNA said under Protected Areas Management Project (PAMP) Chitral Gol had been declared a national park and Rs200 million had been provided for the protection of Markhors and other animals and birds in the area.
Because of the conservation efforts, the number of markhors in the park had increased to 2,868.
However, due to the negligence of the wildlife department, payment of salaries to the watchers and other staff appointed in the park was stopped in 2016. The watchers then stopped working and the issue is still unresolved.
As a result, the population of markhors in the park in continuously decreasing.
According to a latest survey of the wildlife department, the number of markhors in the park has decreased to 2,000. But actually there are only 800 markhors left in the park, the MNA said.
Park association’s president Salim Uddin said in case the demands related to the national park were not met, the local community would restore its right on the utilization of the park.
Other office-bearers of Chitral Gol Community Development and Conservation Association were also present.– Muhkam Uddin Ayuni