‘Exotic’ wild animals seized in raid on Defence house
KARACHI: A team of the Sindh Wildlife Department has confiscated “exotic” wildlife animal in a raid on a house in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), it is learnt.
According to sources, the SWD team led by Rasheed Ahmad conducted a raid on house No. 41-A2, Street 11, Phase-II, DHA and confiscated pairs of demoiselle cranes, greater flamingos, a java green peacock and a sykes monkey.
They said that the occupant of the house, Mohammad Javed, who owns the wildlife species, could not be arrested as he was not present at the time of the raid. He may have slipped away after getting a tip-off about the possible raid, the sources said.
Talking to Dawn, SWD official Rasheed Ahmad said that the Sindh Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1972 prohibited keeping wildlife species, particularly the exotic ones, at home.
He said that the confiscated species — protected under the ordinance — were brought to the SWD office and a first offence report (FOR), equivalent to a police FIR, was registered against Mohammad Javed.
Mr Ahmad said that a notice had also been issued to Javed and further probe into the matter would be conducted as soon as he responded to the notice.