Donkey abused, becomes victim of Pakistani politics

The animal was beaten and bruised by supporters of a political party

A screengrab from the video shared by the animal rescue centre shows ‘Hero’ after his treatment.

Dubai: Amidst the election fever in Pakistan, an incident of animal abuse has taken over social media timelines in the country.

A donkey, that was severely injured, was handed to the animal rescue centre Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation (ACF) in Karachi, Pakistan on Monday. On their Facebook page and Twitter account, the nonprofit group informed its followers about the abuse this animal had endured at the hands of supporters of a political party, who tortured the animal after writing the name of a political opponent on its body.

In a detailed post, along with photographs of the animal, the group wrote: “With the upcoming elections looming upon us, no one is spared from the wrath this time…not even the most helpless of animals.”

The post went on to describe the condition the animal was found in: “Beaten to pulp, punched in the face and abdomen several times, nose broken, kicked all over his body until he collapsed, has rope marks and a car rammed into him…all of this to describe one political party as an “ass” by some hooligans as written on the poor donkey’s body.”

This has left social media users in the country shaken and furious at the same time.

Tweep @RationalPakhtun wrote: “What amazes me the most is how people, especially the less educated ones, go to such extremes in their love and idolisation or hate of a person. They have no sense of politics, yet they will die and kill for a party/leader.”

@Awazeshayeq tweeted: “It’s not about PTI [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf], PML-N [Pakistan Muslim League — Nawaz] or PPP [Pakistan Peoples Party]. Jahalat (illiteracy) is everywhere. As a nation we are becoming selfish and self centred. Shame…

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