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PML-N supporter brings lion cub to Wazirabad rally, violating wildlife act

PML-N supporter brings lion cub to Wazirabad rally, violating wildlife act

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What happened

Many from across Pakistan gathered at Wazirabad’s Katcheri Road for a rally in support of PML-N which was to be addressed by Maryam Nawaz, the party vice-president.

During the rally, one of the supporters announced that people will be able to meet a real lion.

He then proceeded to take out a lion cub from inside the car. The cub got startled after seeing the crowd and was rushed inside the supporter’s car.

What you should know

If a wild animal is reported in a public place, the Punjab officers have the right to confiscate it, explained a wildlife officer.

The owners are required to show a permit issued to them to keep the animal.

However, in most cases, the owners are fined. While there is no set fine for the violation, the owners are sometimes fined between Rs70,000 to Rs100,000 for lions and tigers, he explained.

What action did the authorities take?

The accused, Imdad, has had a case filed against him and several PML-N workers for participating in the rally and violating the coronavirus SOPs, by the Punjab government.

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