IHC directs Marghzar Zoo director to probe deaths of animals

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The Islamabad High Court has directed the Marghzar Zoo director to investigate the death of animals and determine other faults in the zoo’s management.

As much as a dozen animals there died in the last few years, Dawn reported, of them were five nilgais, a urial, and chinkara.

During today’s hearing on a petition filed against the condition of the zoo, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah revoked the suspension of zoo director Rana Tahir and directed him to probe the reason behind the animals’ death.

The zoo director, as well as deputy director zoo Bilal Khilji, were facing contempt proceedings for not handing over the control of the management to the climate change ministry despite the court’s order.

They submitted an unconditional apology to the court and told the court that they have written a letter to the ministry on receiving the court’s order. The top court had directed the climate change ministry secretary to take over the zoo in an earlier hearing on June 25.

The court has asked Mr. Tahir to perform his duties as the director till the handing over of the zoo to the climate change ministry.