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Man arrested for taking pet lion out on Karachi streets

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A video of a man along with a lion was seen in the streets of Karachi is getting viral on social media. They were seen roaming in Karimabad area in the back of a pickup truck. Soon after the video went viral and people started getting concerned about the safety of citizens, the owner and the lion were taken into custody by the police.

The video, which went viral Wednesday night, shows curious people circling the pickup to get a better look at the lion, which hangs out over the side of the pick, tongue lolling out of its mouth.

Passengers inside the car who were making the video were heard asking the sense behind transporting a large wild cat in such a manner. “What will they do if something happens in the city?” asks a woman.

Sindh Interior Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal took notice of the issue after the video made the rounds on social media and directed police to take appropriate action.

Police arrested Saqlain, the lion’s owner, from FB Area on Wednesday night and also took the lion into custody, Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Central Muqadas Haider said.

Speaking to the media, Saqlain claimed he had been taking the lion to a doctor in the Defence area. Since the lion was unwell, it was seated in the back of the pickup and was being transported back to its home when the video was shot, he said. He added that he possessed the required ownership documents of the lion.

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