The Pakistani government has banned poultry imports from India, Iran and France amid fears of bird flu resurgence in the country, reported the Associated Press newswires.

According to the reports, the country has also prohibited wild bird hunting to protect against spread of the disease through migratory bird contact.

Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock official Rana Mohammed Akhlaq purportedly said the ban prevents imports, especially from neighbouring India and Iran. He told the AP: “The ban (on hunting) is on every type of bird. If the birds are not mixed, there will be no threat.”