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Raza Rabbani for constituting wider medical board to assess 'Kaawan's' health
Published Date :
Jul 12,2017

In continuation of the efforts to improve condition of the capital’s famous Marghzaar Zoo, the Senate of Pakistan has directed the management of the Zoo and the authorities concerned of Capital Development Authority (CDA) to take urgent steps in this regards besides providing better facilities to the ailing elephant popularly known as ‘Kaavan’. Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani while presiding over a meeting at the Parliament House on Wednesday observed that the Upper House took lead by constituting a Committee headed by Senator Nuzhat Sadiq to look into the reports about ‘Kaavan’s’ health and also the condition of other animals in the Zoo. He proposed that a wider medical board should be constituted in this regard to thoroughly assess the physical and mental health condition of the lonely animal.

Chairman Senate directed Senator Nuzhat Sadiq and Senator Samina Abid to contact Sri Lankan High Commissioner since the Sri Lankan government had earlier promised for replacement of the aged elephant with a younger one. He also directed CDA to improve the enclosure of the elephant, provide healthy food and better environment to the animal.

Earlier CDA Chairman and Mayor of Islamabad Shaikh Ansar Aziz briefed the Chairman Senate that both the mahouts have been suspended and transferred from the Zoo to break their monopoly. He said that two new Zoo keepers have been engaged for better care and management of male elephant. He said that the elephant is healthy, taking food, walking freely and there are no symptoms of aggressiveness or sickness.

The meeting was attended by Senators Nuzhat Sadiq, Samina Abid, Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik Chairman CDA / Mayor of Islamabad Shaiklh Ansar Aziz, and senior officers of the CDA.

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