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When Imran Khan came in, everything got easier: Cher

"I thought I'm just an entertainer, how am I gonna go to Pakistan and free an elephant? We had to work with 2 administrations and when Imran [Khan] came in, everything got much easier," the singer said.

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In an interview with CNN, American singer Cher spoke about her experience of visiting Pakistan to release Kaavan the elephant. Cher told the host that Kaavan first came to her notice on Twitter, where Twitter users were tagging her with the hashtag #FreeKaavan. The singer expressed that she was reluctant to come to Pakistan at first and she was not sure how she would get the job done.

“I thought I’m just an entertainer, how am I gonna go to Pakistan and free an elephant? We had to work with 2 administrations and when Imran [Khan] came in, everything got much easier,” the singer said. Cher has been working to free Kaavan for three years and she said she was determined to not stop until the elephant was freed. She also told the host how welcoming the Pakistani people were. The singer further described how happy Kaavan was once it got to the wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia.

Cher met Prime Minister Imran Khan at Islamabad during her visit to Pakistan. PM Imran Khan appreciated her efforts for retiring elephant Kaavan to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia, where he will be provided a better habitat.

PM Khan also invited the American singer to participate and contribute towards the current government’s efforts for the conservation of protected areas across Pakistan, to which she kindly agreed.

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In the conversation with Cher, Khan expressed relief that elephant Kaavan, after living for 35 years in Islamabad’s Zoo will retire with other elephants in a special animal sanctuary. Cher appreciated the extraordinary initiatives like the “Protected Areas Initiative” and “10 billion Tree Tsunami” commenced by the PTI-led federal government for the protection of ecology and mitigate the adverse impact of climate change in Pakistan.

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