SC seeks reply from govt in case pertaining to import of two elephants from Zimbabwe for Peshawar zoo

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ISLAMABAD, March 30 (Online): Supreme Court (SC) has sought reply from the federal government in the case pertaining to importing of two elephants from Zimbabwe for Peshawar zoo.

The case came up for hearing before 3-member bench of SC presided over by Justice Mushir Alam here Tuesday.

The counsel for petitioner took the plea during the hearing of the case that KP government is siding with them in importing the elephants. NOC for importing other animals including Bengali tiger and Zebra has been issued. Federal government is not issuing NOC for importing two elephants from Zimbabwe. As per law permission is required from the country wherefrom the elephant is being imported.

Justice Yahya Afridi raised the question under what law the federal government is not issuing NOC.

Additional Attorney General (AAG) took the plea time be given to file reply after studying the rules and law on importing the animals.

Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin remarked Islamabad High Court (IHC) has given decision about elephant.

The counsel for the petitioner told the court the elephant case in IHC was of different nature.

Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin remarked case may have been of some different nature but the elephants are alike.

The court while seeking reply from the federal government about importing elephant from other countries adjourned the hearing of the case for two weeks.

Muhammad Hanif, Contractor Peshawar zoo has resorted to SC against Peshawar High Court decision.

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