ISLAMABAD – A huge snake was recovered from the Accountability Court on Wednesday where the Sharif family is undergoing the corruption trial.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is facing multiple corruption cases in the wake of Panama Papers scandal, had just left the courtroom in Islamabad when the reptile was found from the court premises.
People were frightened after seeing the snake while security personnel were called in who killed the reptile (most likely a Russell’s Viper).
Russell’s viper, also known as the “chain viper” from the genus Daboia, is the most common viper in Pakistan. Although it’s primarily nocturnal, during the day the Russell’s viper may be found basking under shrubs, which accounts for most reported cases of bites on humans when they mistakenly step on the snake in its natural habitat. The bite causes pain, swelling and bleeding, leading to decreased blood pressure and reduced heart rate. The mortality rate of victims is 40 to 92 percent.
A handsome snake, the yellowish-brown adults are 3 to 5 feet long and feed on rodents, birds lizards, squirrels, crabs and scorpions.
Most often, the calls are about a snake in a tree or off the ground somewhere.