Blood Sport: Dog fights in Chaman

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By Matiullah Achakzai

Dog fights is banned in Pakistan officially. But, in Chaman where hundreds of the Afghan refugees live with locals, it’s a winter sport. The Afghan refugees and the locals of Chaman keep dogs for ‘blood sport’.  They keep expensive dogs worth starting from Rs 100000 (Nearly $1000)  to Rs 600000.  In Chaman, local notables arrange these terrible fights, which are seen not only by locals and Afghan refugees but people from Afghanistan also attend these events in a large number. It’s a bloody game against animal rights. During the dog fight many of the dogs are badly wounded. Some of the dogs’ owners and the spectators bet on these fights.

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The fighter dogs gripping each other. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A dog overpowering the challenger by clutching his throat with jaws. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A dog overpowering the challenger by clutching his throat with jaws. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
Initial phase of a dog fight: Weighing each other. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
Initial phase of a dog fight: Weighing each other. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
The owners hold their dog before unleashing him against the challenger. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
The owners hold their dog before unleashing him against the challenger. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A view of the crowed watching the dog fights in Pakistani border town Chaman, along with Afghanistan border. The people from Spin Boldak Afghanistan and other parts of Balochistan come to watch this blood game. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A view of the crowed watching the dog fights in Pakistani border town Chaman, along with Afghanistan border. The people from Spin Boldak Afghanistan and other parts of Balochistan come to watch this blood game. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A view of the crowed watching dogs’ fights. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A view of the crowed watching dogs’ fights. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A dog-fight at climax. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A dog-fight at climax. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
The fighter dogs are taught maneuvers by their trainers which they use during fights. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
The fighter dogs are taught maneuvers by their trainers which they use during fights. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
The owners of the fighting dogs and judges watching a fight closely. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
The owners of the fighting dogs and judges watching a fight closely. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
Dogs trying to rip off each other. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
Dogs trying to rip off each other. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A judge closely watching the fight. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A judge closely watching the fight. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A view of the crowed watching the dog fights in Chaman. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
A view of the crowed watching the dog fights in Chaman. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
The owners and judges are trying to stop a fight after one of the dogs lost. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
The owners and judges are trying to stop a fight after one of the dogs lost. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
wounded dog after a fight. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan
wounded dog after a fight. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai/News Lens Pakistan

 

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