Complaint filed against Shahid Afridi for keeping exotic animals as pet

Afridi had a lion at his house in Karachi in 2018 as well, however, on a complaint by citizens, the Wildlife Department had launched an inquiry into it.

Shahid Afridi has landed himself into hot waters as the residents of the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) have lodged a complaint against the former national cricket team captain for allegedly keeping exotic animals as pets.

Immediately taking action over the complaint, the DHA administration got the animals removed from Shahid Afridi’s house in Karachi. The authorities also said they had asked the former cricketer to remove other supplies for livestock. Lately, from his house. 

Afridi had a lion at his house in Karachi in 2018 as well, however, on a complaint by citizens, the Wildlife Department had launched an inquiry into it.

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What does the law say over keeping wild animals as pets?

Section 12 of the Punjab Wildlife Act says:

12 (1) “No person shall be in possession of any wild animal unless he be in possession of a certificate of lawful possession granted in respect thereof by the officer authorized in this behalf: provided that any person importing any wild animal, trophy or meat of a wild animal of a kind specified in the Second Schedule in accordance with the provisions of this Act or acquiring such animal, trophy or meat in accordance with the terms of a permit issued under this Act shall apply to the authorized officer for such certificate within thirty days from the date of importing or acquiring the animal, trophy or meat.” 

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