Pakistan foils attempt to smuggle endangered falcons
Customs officials seized 75 falcons and a houbara bustard at locations around Karachi in what they called an "unprecedented" anti-smuggling operation.
"The birds are listed as rare and endangered species and their trade is strictly banned," said senior customs officer Mohammad Saqif Saeed.
He did not identify the species of the birds but estimated their value to be around 200 million rupees (over $1 million) on the black market.
Authorities have arrested two suspects and plan to release the birds into the wild.
The houbara bustard is a desert bird whose meat is prized among Arab sheikhs as an aphrodisiac.
An earlier ban on the sport was overturned by Pakistan's top court.