Foreign doctors to visit Noor Jehan, the 'dying' elephant at Karachi Zoo

Noor Fatima 12:41 AM | 29 Mar, 2023
Foreign doctors to visit Noor Jehan, the 'dying' elephant at Karachi Zoo
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A team of veterinarians from a Vienna-based animal welfare organization, Four Paws, has scheduled a visit to Pakistan to medically examine and tend to the unwell elephant at a zoo in Karachi, according to Four Paws official statement said on Tuesday.

Animal rights activists say the elephant was "dying" due to the negligence of the zoo administration. 

In November 2021, Four Paws experts said Noor Jehan had a severe tusk infection and required immediate surgery. 

Videos of the elephant named Noor Jehan started surfacing on the internet, showing her swollen joints. The ailment had rendered the animal partially immobile. Social media users caused an uproar against the deliberate ignorance of the animal and demanded provincial minister Nasir Hussain Shah visit the zoo and inquire about its wellbeing. 

Dr Amir Khalil, who works with Four Paws, said that Noor Jehan's condition was "serious" and he was to arrive with his team in Karachi.

“If the elephant is alive by then, we will start the examination and treatment,” Khalil told Arab News.

"[We] will assist in relocation of the elephant from the zoo at a later stage after improvement of the health conditions. But its condition is very serious," he added. 

Ali Hasan Sajid, a spokesperson for the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), stated that KMC’s doctors were tending to Noor Jehan. 

“Animals fall sick like humans do and they are treated. Noor Jehan is also sick and she is being treated,” Sajid said. 

The follow-up came after Kaavan, known as the "world’s loneliest elephant", was released from a zoo in the federal capital. Kaavan was transferred to Cambodia in late 2020.

Noor Fatima

The writer is a staff member.


USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar amid ongoing talks with IMF

KARACHI – Pakistani rupee, which is facing blows in the open market, remained stable against the US dollar, in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.

The local currency moved slightly upward during the opening hours of trading in the inter-bank market. Before noon, PKR was hovering around 285.22, with a slight increase of Rs0.13.

As the situation remained under control in the interbank market, the rupee hits a fresh record low in the open market and was selling at 315 per dollar.

In a recent development, the IMF mission chief shared positive news, confirming that talks are underway with Pakistani authorities. The resumption of the IMF programme remains important for the crisis-hit country.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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