Lion strolling on Karachi's Sharea Faisal captured by wildlife officials

11:36 PM | 29 Aug, 2023
Lion strolling on Karachi's Sharea Faisal captured by wildlife officials
Source: A screengrab from Twitter video

KARACHI – A lion roaming on Sharea Faisal on Tuesday was captured and handed over to the Sindh Wildlife Department, police said.

The area saw a massive traffic jam with media vehicles arriving at the scene to cover the incident and crowds gathering to catch a glimpse of the escaped lion.

South Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sheraz Nazir said the animal was being taken to a veterinarian in a loader vehicle when it “escaped” near Aisha Bawany College in the evening and hid under another vehicle in a parking area.

Police cordoned off the area after the incident while the wildlife department and Karachi Metropolitan authorities were asked to send animal control personnel, he said, adding that the lion’s owner, Shamsul Haq, was also taken into custody and subsequently handed over to the Sindh Wildlife Department.

“They will file a case against him,” the official said.

SSP Nazir said Haq was a resident of the Garden area and told police he was taking the lion to a veterinarian because the animal was sick and not eating anything for the last three days.

“He claims that he kept the lion, along with other animals, at a farmhouse on the highway. A wildlife team will check that premises,” he added.

The SSP said it seemed that precautions were not taken while transporting the animal as it was not chained when it escaped.

Earlier, Sindh Chief Wildlife Conservator Javed Ahmed Mahar said a wildlife team was dispatched to Sharea Faisal after they received reports of a lion’s presence there.

The video of the incident went viral on social media. It shows the wildcat walking on the road with vehicles passing. 

After having a stroll on the road, the big cat entered the parking area of a building where efforts were made to cage it. 

A man in black dress was seen in the video trying to soothe the lion before it was captured by the wildlife personnel. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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