islamabad - The demand to unchain an elephant named ‘Kaavan,’ that has been kept in solitary confinement at Islamabad Zoo, echoed in the Senate on Tuesday soon after a lawmaker called for a debate on the marginalised segments of the society.

PTI Senator Samina Abid called for unchaining the Kaavan and said that the elephant had been kept in deplorable conditions at the zoo.

Her remarks came after the Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed reminding the incident of Orlando in US said that the Senate should discuss issue of marginalized communities of the society including trans-genders, gypsies, drug addicts, IDPs and the people of Kalash valley. There is no voice, no lobbying of these communities. He said and demanded formation of a special committee. “The voiceless should have a voice.”

“We should also talk about the animals because everyone wants to talk on human beings’ matters,” Samina Abid said and demanded for the release of the elephant. The elephant was still in chains despite an assurance from Capital Development Authority (CDA) that it had been unchained, she said.

The chair said that perhaps the fodder for the elephant was being sold out instead of providing it. Later, the chair sent the matter to the cabinet committee.

Earlier, hundreds and thousands of animal lovers from across the world had signed an online petition demanding the Capital Development Authority to unchain and free Kaavan that was in deplorable conditions.

Kaavan has been kept in solitary confinement and chained around his legs since his long-term companion Saheli - a female elephant gifted by the government of Bangladesh to Pakistan - died in May 2012.

The elephant became depressed after the death of its companion and the zoo management chained all his four legs instead of thinking on other better options.

Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani decided that a day would be fixed in the next Senate session for a debate on the marginalized communities and then the house would give the recommendations in the light of the discussion.