Singer Rabi Pirzada has denied reports she faces possible arrest and jail time for keeping exotic animals as pets, claiming she does not own them.
"I take pictures with other people's pets, I'm not scared of any animal," Pirzada said. "Wildlife walay are so-called friends of Modi and in India, they ran the news that I've been jailed for threatening Modi, no mention of the snakes. That was a cheap publicity they did."
The Punjab Wildlife Protection and Parks Department had earlier submitted a challan in a court against her for taking pictures and videos with the reptiles.
The department pleaded in the complaint that the singer committed violation of wildlife laws by keeping dangerous reptiles at home. It said the singer admitted in a social media video that she had been keeping the reptiles for the last five years.
Pirzada also claims she has not been contacted by the Punjab Wildlife Protection and Parks Department.
"I'm not scared of the Wildlife Department's allegations and so far, I haven't received a notice of any sort from them. I'm working for Kashmir, this is not my job but if the government is sleeping then let me do it."
"I do not own any of these animals, it's just that I'm not afraid, so I take a picture and that's it."