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Thousands of Stray Dogs Poisoned to Death by Municipality workers in Pakistan’s Karachi

In this campaign, a total of 1050 dogs were killed and 2000 more is estimated to be the target in the next phase

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Karachi, Pakistan, October 20, 2016: In Karachi, more than a thousand stray dogs have been poisoned to death by the workers of the municipality. An official on Wednesday said the action had to be taken because the complaints of stray dogs biting women and children flooded, and the extermination programme was needed.

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In this campaign, a total of 1050 dogs were killed and 2000 more is estimated to be the target in the next phase.

The chairman of the municipal jurisdiction, Rehan Hashmi said, repeated complaints of stray dogs biting people had been reported to authorities and it was suggested that the extermination programme was essential as because Karachi lacked the resources to re-home the stray dogs or to put them in pounds.

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According to NDTV, Hashmi said, “Had there been some better resources or options, I would love to switch to that. They are living beings after all.”

In Pakistan, animal rights are highly neglected, some handful of activists and veterinary surgeons fight for them, to find out some way between to protect these animals in a population which often for religious reasons considers them as unclean.

Apart from the upper class, there are very few families to keep dogs as pets, while some simply use them to guard their houses. It is disheartening, but the demand for rescuing dogs in the city is very less.

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Conservative figures estimate that the feral dog population of Karachi could be up to 35,000.

According to Isma Gheewala, head of Karachi’s Animal Care Centre, in a year, as many as 15000 dog bites are reported in the city.

– prepared by NewsGram team with inputs from AFP

  • Ruchika Kumari

    Poisoning them was not a solution. Animals also have right to live there life peacefully. Instead of poisoning them we should provide shelter to dogs.

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

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