OFFICIALS from Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s Wildlife Department seized a pair of snakeskin sandals meant for Prime Minister Imran Khan from a footwear shop here, a media report said on on Monday. Based on a tip-off, the officials raided the Afghan Chappal House in the city’s Namak Mandi area, the ‘Dawn’ report said.
The shop’s owner, Nooruddin Shinwari, in his defence said that the snakeskin had been sent from the US to the shop to craft two pairs of the ‘Kaptaan Chappal’, one for the donor and the other for Khan. But District Forest Officer Wildlife Aleem Khan told ‘Dawn’ news on Sunday that the Wildlife Department will on Monday begin a verification process for the confiscated shoe material. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Minister for Environment Ishtiaq Urmur said making sandals from snakeskin was illegal.