— Photo by DawnNews
— Photo by DawnNews

LAHORE:  Animal rights activist and actor Faryal Gauhar has filed a petition in Lahore High Court against the Pakistan Muslim Lesgue-Nawaz (PML-N)  for the death of a rare tiger which they brought to many of their rallies. 

The high court has admitted the petition for hearing on May 14.

Rare tigers and lions are a constant feature at PML-N political rallies until yesterday when a rare white tiger died of extreme heat and suffocation.

The death of the tiger has created a huge uproar in the country with animal rights activists calling for the registration of the case against PML-N leaders.

Sources confirmed to Dawn.com that the rare tiger was brought unconscious to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore on Tuesday evening. The vets there tried to revive the animal but to no avail. The animal died yesterday morning.

According to WWF, white tigers are endangered and are extremely sensitive to heat and noise. With temperatures in Lahore soaring past thirty degrees Celsius and there being nothing but noise at the political rallies, the tiger could not survive. WWF has also confirmed that famed actor and conservationist Faryal Gohar is going to file a petition with the Lahore High Court against the illegal use of wildlife animals at rallies and other such activities. WWF is supporting the petition.

The tiger belonged to a party worker who boasted off his ‘pet’ at Mariam Nawaz’s rallies. The animal can be seen in PML-N rallies across Punjab.

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Comments (87)

May 9, 2013 6:40 am
How shameful ... they have no feelings. How can they allow torturing animals like this? We should not tolerate such behavior. I really hope LHC gives exemplary punishment to the offenders.
M Sajid
May 9, 2013 6:28 am
If Sharif brothers can't even take care of their party symbol, how they claim to take care of 118 million Pakistanis. Shame on them!
May 10, 2013 12:07 am
You can expect anything from the corrupt Sharif family to come to power.
May 10, 2013 12:17 am
really? so that is the intellectual level at which you argue. I'm afraid Ahmed is entirely correct here. Applaud Faryal for not being an apathetic arm chair critic.
May 9, 2013 4:47 pm
Hamza Najam
May 9, 2013 9:08 pm
Pakistan needs a true Govt. system. (AN ISLAMIC GOVERNMENT)..... We dont need import or export quality yet....
Humza Mehbub (@humzamehbub)
May 9, 2013 3:52 pm
Your newspaper states that the tiger did not die; which is just a social media rumor. Soo, is the poor tiger alive or not? :S
Qaiser Bakhtiari
May 9, 2013 3:44 pm
Saba you are one of those people who just sit and whine; occasionally hurling dirt at those who actually do something rather than being an internet troll.
Qaiser Bakhtiari
May 9, 2013 3:41 pm
Sorry Nauman, perhaps it is lack of your knowledge of English language but actor is also used as a gender neutral term meaning it can be used for both male and female actors.
May 9, 2013 3:05 pm
stop moaning please !!!!! these politicians are using the lives of their people to win for last 50 yrs than what is the value for this innocent tied animal its time to awake up call please vote to the right people
May 10, 2013 4:58 am
today BBC sent a reporter to the owner's house and he verified the tiger is alive. Unless there are multiple white tigers in Lahore, owned by supporters of Nawaz Sharif who take them to rally's or you guys are not doing your jobs. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22467845
May 9, 2013 5:49 pm
Is Nawaz Sharif, champion of the judiciary ready to serve jail time for animal abuse? Don't say it belonged to party worker because a poor worker cannot import a rare white tiger.
May 9, 2013 5:46 pm
The Sharifs should be arrested while the case is pending. They have committed a crime and they deserve to wait in jail till the case is heard in court. These shameless lying Sharifs are refusing to take ownership responsibility of the tiger, saying it belonged to a party worker. Did the party worker pay to import this tiger? Did the poor worker have the money for it?
May 9, 2013 5:34 pm
A letter was written to the ECP a few days ago. It was in the papers.
May 9, 2013 5:29 pm
How Naive you are Lol Actor can be used for anyone who acts! you can google it lol
May 9, 2013 5:32 pm
Why are they using a Bengal Tiger as a symbol for 'Sher-e-Punjab' ?
Asad Jalil
May 9, 2013 5:17 pm
We are the guardians of animals that cannot protect themselves. This is the sunnah of the Prophet. Not everything is a "sazish"!
May 10, 2013 3:29 am
PMLN cannot respect Animal Rights, you think they will respect Human Rights? you must be joking me!
May 10, 2013 3:24 am
Disgusting and disgraceful! These are our leaders and lets see if the Courts find them guilty.
May 10, 2013 3:19 am
shame on you
May 10, 2013 3:04 am
This is disgusting how the so-called leaders are destroying the wildlife and it is against the Islam as well to chain the unchained-lion for just pomp and show! Shame on all PML-N leadership!
Mailk Tannveer
May 10, 2013 1:41 am
so sad for the poor tiger :( . Shame on pml-n
May 10, 2013 1:50 am
May 9, 2013 6:48 am
This is such a great step by Faryal. Glad to see some humanity left still in us.
May 9, 2013 6:49 am
Shame on Nawaz League!!! They should be punished for this cruelty...
May 9, 2013 6:58 am
Was Mariam Nawaz leading a circus?
May 9, 2013 7:18 am
We must support the WWF here however its looks like it is safe to show open concern for the Tiger as there can be no danger of retribution from the Taliban types for sympathising with the tiger. However the uproar in the country seems to focus more on Animal rights than Human rights. People are dying of bomb blasts every day and no one is taking notice including our Chief Justice. We are a twisted nation.
May 9, 2013 7:22 am
very sad an animal has to go thru all this for some personal gain..
May 9, 2013 7:22 am
Ridiculous... The party can't care for humans.That beautiful thing to them is just an animal. If they can't take care of something that belongs to them. how can we give nation in their hands? To them its just another thing that can be bought again.And how can someone keep endangered species as a "pet". They should be banned.
May 9, 2013 9:12 am
This is senseless and barbaric on PML N end, they should not use the innocent helpless animals as their marketing gimmick.
Oh Golly
May 9, 2013 7:53 am
Faryal Gohar Again! *SMH* This is obviosly politically motivated and publicity-starved-Faryal-G is doing it for another hidden motive. Watch out
May 9, 2013 9:10 am
Shame on PML(N) for bringing a Tiger in the rally, who do they think they are. Tigers are a beautiful creature and very rare, and they killed that too. Just because the party sign is tiger it don't make them tigers.
May 9, 2013 8:04 am
The white tiger at safari park lahore is as weak as a sadqa bakra.
May 9, 2013 8:17 am
It is really sickening to see political circus killing a critically endangered Siberian Tiger. Being an animal lover and conservationist I am saddened at this horrible loss. We must legislate to stop imports of such exotic fauna in Pakistan, people here need a long time to mature as civilized nation. We have killed all species that we had now we are abusing animals at different level. Deeply hurt.
May 9, 2013 8:25 am
A bad omen for PML-N indicating the start of its political demise in Pakistan. The backlash from the saner section of society will be fierce to bring down the fiefdom of the Shariff's
May 9, 2013 8:29 am
Such a cruel act by PML-N, They are only serious about their election symbol, not for any animal or even for human.
May 9, 2013 8:24 pm
well.. the word actress use to be used in the English language, but the word "actor" is now used for both genders because it is less sexist.
May 9, 2013 9:21 am
When will these people show maturity and more importantly humanity if ever? The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated. Gandhi
May 9, 2013 9:30 am
so sad to hear about the death of this beautiful animal.
May 9, 2013 9:44 am
Very sad.
May 9, 2013 9:45 am
This is just so inhuman to use animals for your own sake and leave them to die as they are no one...I wish people in third world countries were more concerned about wild life and its animals. Such a lovely and rare Tiger lost his lfie because of some selfish politicians...Disgusting.
Sayeed Altaf Hussein
May 9, 2013 9:55 am
Is Miriam Nawaz not the same who had some innocent guy beaten up out side the bakery. She should be arrested and tried for the crime instead of being elevated to political heights. But hey, it Pakistan. Any thing goes.
May 9, 2013 10:01 am
Was Faryal Gauhar in a coma all this time? Why did she wait for the poor animal to die, to file a petition? Wasn't parading an endangered animal in an overcrowded environment and in hot weather reason enough for her to take action? What a hypocrite she is.
May 9, 2013 10:07 am
i wonder why WWF and their representative Ms. Gauhar did not take any action when that poor animal was being dragged around in the rallies. Why do we have to take action when the harm is done. Sad state of affairs
Mrs. Munim
May 9, 2013 10:08 am
Go Ms. Gauher and WWF!
May 9, 2013 8:01 pm
Khan - Please don't call him Sharif and you see he is broke and only paid few thousands rupees tax so how can he afford the tiger. Ofcourse this poor tiger belongs to someone else.
May 9, 2013 11:25 am
You could have filed a petition just as easily as Faryal Gauhar. At least she is doing it now, rather than merely giving lectures like you.
Sagar Sohail
May 9, 2013 11:30 am
Are you suggesting that what ever she has done now is wrong? Many of us also did not know about the plight of these poor animals before this sad incident. So, does this automatically mean that anyone who is sad NOW is also somewhat a hypocrite??? We should at least be appreciative of her decision to take the matter to the court rather than letting her down.
May 9, 2013 11:37 am
a country which holds the life of a tiger above the life thousands who have been mercilessly killed in the past 2 years.....how can one not be suspicious about this being another part of the big political game that is happening
May 10, 2013 6:17 pm
This is very funny that courts are avoiding calling people who actually performed an act. Why don't LHC issue notice directly to PML-N? Machoism and show-off to impress/suppress our opponents is in our personalities and culture. This is a realistic example. Courts are taking actions at many other incidents. Why not this? Because this involves Sherif brothers from PML-N? This is very pathetic.All laws are for all anti PML-N. Sherif brothers are holy cows in this country.
May 9, 2013 11:58 am
You just be happy with 'at least'.
Salma~Ahmad Khan
May 9, 2013 7:48 pm
Don't they know it is Illegal to keep a wild animal ~ to top it white tigers are endangered. What can any one accept of them. They have no sanctity of life! What boggles my mind IS ~how can sooooo many people still follow them after testing them two times before!?!?!
May 9, 2013 12:20 pm
You may keep wondering, at least they are doing it now
May 9, 2013 12:22 pm
@Dawn Faryal is an actress not an actor
May 9, 2013 12:47 pm
the word "actor" can be used with he and she both
Salma~Ahmad Khan
May 9, 2013 7:27 pm
Don't you know that word "actor " is now used for both ~men and women!?!
May 9, 2013 1:03 pm
agreed . but i an sorry if some brings this issue to light , people drag the issue to human rights. please be focus and remain an educated of making proper comments even.
May 9, 2013 1:16 pm
Finally the shair was hunted by the shikari, and the shikari was wounded!
May 9, 2013 1:25 pm
Word ' actor ' is used by both gender.
Agha Ata (USA)
May 9, 2013 1:27 pm
Like "director:" and "contractor" the word "actor" can be sued for both, male and female. It actually means one who acts.
May 9, 2013 1:29 pm
They did lodge a case to ECP, About the safety of Animals and the people both. ECP turned it down ask to make complaint to other courts. Yousuf
M Aslam
May 9, 2013 1:29 pm
Shame on your knowledge
May 9, 2013 1:31 pm
Election symbol of PML N is a tiger but they call it lion. Lion is a different animal
May 9, 2013 1:31 pm
No , That was Shahbaz's daughter and son in lawq.
M Aslam
May 9, 2013 1:31 pm
If Imran Khan could not take care of himself how he can take care of Pakistan-
May 9, 2013 1:32 pm
Everything is fair in Raiwind Palace
Naveed Zafar
May 9, 2013 1:32 pm
@ Nauman . An actor is someone who performs on stage, films, television or radio, playing the role of a character other than him/herself. It is gender neutral. Just like singer, dancer, clown etc. Many years ago, female actors were indeed referred to as actresses but that was abandoned quite some time. ago..
May 9, 2013 1:36 pm
An actor is an actor. Is there a doctor and a doctress ?
May 9, 2013 1:48 pm
Upsetting to read most of the comments here. What 'tabdeeli', what 'inqalaab'; we will forever remain a nation of horribly critical individuals, complainers sick of the system yet not bothered enough to step up and change things ourselves; yet the first to attack others for any attempts at action that they try to take. Are we not capable of appreciating the good, only seeing through to the bad?
May 9, 2013 1:49 pm
Good step. Let us see now.
Sadiqa Mian
May 9, 2013 1:58 pm
Jahan insaan ki koyee qeemat naheen; wahan janwaar ki kisay parwah! :-(
May 9, 2013 2:00 pm
Dude, the word 'actor' is gender neutral.
proud pk
May 9, 2013 5:21 pm
Look what they did with the poor tiger. Just wondering what they gonna do with the people of Pakistan if God forbid get elected.
Asad Jalil
May 9, 2013 5:18 pm
And you be just happy posting innuendos online instead of actually doing anything.
May 9, 2013 4:45 pm
and you are No-Man and not Nauman
May 10, 2013 6:11 am
Its not even a Bengal Tiger but from some other part of the world ?Siberia
May 10, 2013 6:19 am
soo sad. they should be ashamed of themselves.
May 10, 2013 6:48 am
May 10, 2013 7:51 am
Poor animal! could not talk or complain!! what a sin and a big shame...Nawaz Sharif do you have concience? Are you even scared of God wrath upon you?? You got "bezuban" animal killed for your campaign? I hope you get punished for it....Advantage Seeker!!
Baqar Iqbal
May 10, 2013 10:05 am
SHAME on liar. The Tiger is ALIVE and HEALTHY !!! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22467845
Zain Mehdi
May 10, 2013 10:07 am
Sad, Sad, really sad.....
May 10, 2013 10:26 am
A nation that does not respect the lives of its citizens cannot be expected to respected the life of a poor animal, rare or otherwise.
Syed Arbab Ahmed (@SyedArbabAhmed)
May 10, 2013 11:23 am
Where is government? where are animal activist? where are humans who have humanity? Shame, Tiger was not meant for such places. PMLN leadership must have stopped their supporters but they didn't.
May 10, 2013 5:59 pm
Pakistan,s change possible with one person that is Imran Khan. I am christan from Pakistan and working in Bahrain i requested my all family and friend to vote for bat. PTI we all overseas hope and trust in you that you will bring pece and change in pakistan. May God bless you.
May 10, 2013 7:17 pm
this incident is a small reflection of PML(N)'s royal family's mindset.they are indeed sad people for them this incident will only mean that the princess lost her poor pet
May 10, 2013 8:14 pm
I think It may be done by "SHER KA SHIKARI"????... Why he is not claiming this, like other tall claims!!!!
Adil Jadoon
May 11, 2013 5:13 am
Yeah right! Shame on the liar, which in this case is you.
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