Pakistan

pakistan-mapPakistan is a big country. It’s divided into 5 provinces viz: Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Gilgit-Baltistan. It’s 1/6th size of the USA. It is located in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea, between India on the east and Iran and Afghanistan on the west and China in the north. Its total area is 803,940 sq km, land is 778,720 sq km & water is 25,220 sq km. Coastal line is 1046 km.

The country has flat Indus plain in the east; mountains in north & northwest & Balochistan plateau in west. Geographic coordinates are: 33 42 N, 73 10 E. Time difference: UTC+5 (10 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time). Total population is approximately 170 millions. From the vast expanses of deserts in south to the towering peaks of the Karakorums in the north, the habitats of several big game species are spread all over the country.

Pakistan domains some of the rarest species of wild sheep & goat on Earth, like Blue Sheep, Kashmir, Astor & Sulaiman Markhors; Punjab, Blandford & Afghan Urials; Himalayan & Sind Ibex. All species are protected by strictly monitored community based programs and since poaching is severely punished, it is almost nonexistent. Limited number of hunting permits is issued by wildlife department of Pakistan which is sold out in open auctions. Hunting in some areas is so easy; hunters have shot their big games at roadside while sitting in their jeeps. Hunting in Southern Pakistan does not require any physical fitness, however, hunts in the northern mountains can be challenging.