In the D.I Khan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a hunting party conducted the massacre of hundreds of sparrows.

The hunting party was led by a Muhammad Sajid who justified the killings by saying that they were not a native species of bird. Gruesome images of the carcasses of the birds on skewers and in pots were circulated on social media.

Sparrows as species under threat  

 The sparrow is a threatened species and is placed on the UK’s IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. They have also been under threat in areas of Pakistan and India.

The hunting party received backlash on social media for killing the birds. Many users on Twitter termed this act as “genocide” of the species.

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