Pak Presidency faces problem of `wild boars`
Last Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 17:42
Islamabad: The fortified walls of Pakistan's presidency have failed to keep out a group of wild boars, whose frequent intrusions into the sprawling grounds of Asif Ali Zardari's official residence are proving irksome for caretakers and residents.

The boars were freely entering the presidency despite foolproof security arrangements, including fencing and other preventive measures, an unnamed official was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper today.

The boars enter the presidency from the Margalla Hills National Park located behind it.

The animals enter the grounds mostly through "nullahs and manholes", a security official said.

"Conventional methods" are used to kill the boars, whose population is "growing with every passing day", he said.

Officials of the Capital Development Authority too said they were taking steps to restrict the movement of the boars within the presidency, which is spread over 471 acres, half of it covered by trees and bushes that provide a safe hideout for the fast breeding animals.

CDA spokesman Ramzan Sajid said the boars were being killed by feeding them wheat grains dipped in poison. This, he said, was the "best way to kill them".

The CDA also issues free hunting licences for wild boars, Sajid said.

Another official said the boars breed at a "very fast pace" and their population in jungles close to the presidency may be in the hundreds.

The biggest problem is limiting the movement of the boars into the highly protected presidency, he said.

The official insisted that the wild boars were a problem for the whole of Islamabad.

Boars are a common sight in some parts of the city, especially those located at the foothills of the Margallas, at night and can be seen searching for food in large groups.


First Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 17:42

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