Rahim Yar Khan's deputy commissioner, along with influential businessmen and 24 guests, disputed the alleged breach of hunting in Cholistan.
The deputy commissioner and his guest escaped after hunting 14 deer in Cholistan on Sunday, said Asim Kamran, district wildlife department officer (DLO).
Asim Kamran said in a video message on social media that "Deputy Commissioner Ali Shahzad requested him to have dinner with his guests on Saturday night after a dessert safari on which he did not want to be hunted."
The Deputy Commissioner also contacted Assistant Director Wildlife Bahawalpur Ali Usman Bukhari for dinner in the desert.
A wildlife department official said that early on Saturday night, influential businessman Ahmed Shah Hamdani arrived at the Wildlife Check Post near the knights along with some guests in government vehicles shortly after the deputy commissioner arrived with some guests.
Asim Kamran said that after a few hours, his subordinates said that all the vehicles of the Deputy Commissioner and Ahmad Shah Hamdani were shifting their way to the Kharabara area near the Tokenwala Wildlife Check Post, which is the area of Chinakara deer.
After which the wildlife staff chased them and took them for 11 minutes 35 minutes before they had hunted 12 to 14 deer.
Asim Kamran said he immediately called the police and apprised the authorities of the matter.
Sources said Ahmad Shah Hamdani called the deputy commissioner and his guests for dinner as they were interested in obtaining the most important location of the petrol pump near the DC Office Chowk which was auctioned on Monday. It will be (today).
On the other hand, the Deputy Commissioner's Deputy Director of Public Relations said in a press release that he had gone to Cholistan on a routine visit to ensure steps were taken to eliminate the locust.
He further said that he had informed the departments regarding his visit and had taken dinner with the officers.
He denied illegal hunting in Cholistan and claimed that when a vehicle stopped a deputy commissioner's squad vehicle at Sunny Bridge, the driver thought the bandits had stopped him.
He added that if the deputy commissioner had entered Cholistan illegally, his squad would have been stopped by the Rangers or the police.