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Islamabad’s Leopard Case Takes a Shocking U-Turn

On Tuesday, the parliamentary committee held a meeting where they received an update on the leopard situation that had been causing concern among residents of DHA 2.

Dha2 is one of the most expensive housing societies in Islamabad.

Vaqar Zakaria is a member of the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB).

He briefed the Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change.

He said:

Indeed,

The wild animal was a leopard, and it likely came from the forest cover behind Sihala, where people had reported sightings before.

Amidst discussions on several topics:

Including the recent sighting of a leopard in a residential area, proposals for the Public Sector Development Fund (PSDP) budget, and the Pakistan Environment Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2023:

Vaqar provided an update:

The IWMB was engaging with international experts to determine the safest way to release leopard back into its natural habitat.

Read More: Islamabad Police Register Case Against ‘Unknown’ Leopard Owner

Earlier,

The Islamabad Police filed a case against an Unknown/unnamed person for “domesticating” a leopard.

Authorities spent hours attempting to trap the cat after images of it dashing along a road and mounting a wall in Islamabad’s Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase II suburb went viral on social media.

ICT Police issued an official statement reporting an incident in which a leopard attacked citizens in the DHA Phase II area, which is under the jurisdiction of Police Station Sihala.

Moreover, The statement also revealed that the animal was being kept as a pet by an unidentified individual.

Leopard case

Active: The ‘wayward’ Leopard of Islamabad was captured after a seven-hour game of hide and seek.

After frantic attempts spanning more than seven hours, wildlife and rescue personnel rescued a cheetah that had earlier that day entered a house that was still under construction in Phase II of Islamabad’s private housing society.

After that, the team shot the big cat with a tranquilizer, and it took around 30 minutes to take effect.

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Pavan Manzoor is an experienced content writer , editor and social media handler along with a track record of youth-oriented activities in Pakistan and abroad. She was selected as a fully-funded delegate as a leadership fellow in Turkey. She also led a team of 5 volunteers at the week-long Young Professionals Fellowship in Maldives. She is also a member of the Youth Standing Committee on Higher Education.

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