KARACHI: In a video message, singer Rabi Pirzada has called officials of Punjab Wildlife Department friends of India and its prime minister Narendra Modi, for sending her challan over alleged possession of snakes, pythons and a crocodile.
She said she did not own the exotic animals rather she was playing the role which the wildlife department ought to do.
“I started supporting those who catch snakes and crocodiles as they are poor people. I do not possess any such thing nor have I ever had it, but I just want to clarify that I started paying those people money so that they could earn from the wild animals,” she said.
Rabi Pirzada said she never received a challan when she made ‘Meray Rashkay Qamar’ song with the wild animals, which had millions of views, neither did she receive challan when she showed the animals in Mazakrat programme or a number of other videos on social media platform. She said she was sent the notice only after she made a video with the exotic animals against Modi.
She also refuted the rumour that she had received an offer of Indian movie.
Taking notice of the singer’s viral video on social media, Wildlife and Parks Punjab had sent Rabi Pirzada a challan over illegal possession of four pythons, snakes and a crocodile.
The action was taken on directive of Wildlife and Parks Punjab Director General Lt (retd) Suhail Ashraf. It is pertinent here to mention that possession of python, snake or crocodile by a citizen is violation of Wildlife Act.
Under the Punjab Wildlife (Protection, Conservation and Management) Act of 1974 (amended 2007), possession of such animals was deemed illegal and can lead up to imprisonment for two to three years.