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Pakistan: Rawal Lake’s lucrative fish makes it December 02,2019   |  Source: Pakistan Observer

The Rawal Dam, initially built to supply drinking water to Pindiites in 1962, gradually turns into an attractive tourists destination offering a lot of business activities of boating trips, fun riding, amusement facilities, eateries and fishing. The most money-making business associated with this man-made reservoir is commercial fishing, so lucrative that during regularized fishing, “over Rs 1.5 million fish was being caught and sold daily for a just one time investment” disclosed the contractor of whose fishing rights expired in January this year.

This profitability has invited unwanted and unauthorised stakeholders who have made this scenic spot a warfare and illegal commercial fishing goes unabated due to the local administration’s inability to halt the practice, and government exchequer was the ultimate loser, admitted a top official in the local administration on condition of anonymity. “In the entire scenario the role of ICT’s Fisheries Department and local police is very suspicious. On public complaints, raids are conducted, boats are confiscated, arrests are made, FIRs are registered but very next day illegal business activity restarts in lake’s water” a local resident and practicing lawyer Hassan Nawaz raising the question said. The practice cannot be

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