ISLAMABAD: American singer Cher, commonly referred to by the media as the “Goddess of Pop”, on Friday met Prime Minister Imran Khan during a visit to Pakistan to see Kaavan — the “world’s loneliest elephant” who is all set to go to his new home at a sanctuary in Cambodia.

PM Khan appreciated Cher’s efforts in helping Kaavan retire to an elephant sanctuary and thanked her.

Singer, actress and television personality, Cher was once referred to by the media as the “Goddess of Pop”. She is said to be an embodiment of female autonomy in a male-dominated industry.

“Appreciating her efforts in retiring Kaavan to an elephant sanctuary, the prime minister thanked Cher for her campaign and role in this regard,” an official statement said on Friday.

The premier also invited the singer to participate and contribute towards the government’s initiative for the expansion of protected areas, to which she kindly agreed.

He observed that it was indeed a happy moment for the country that after giving joy and happiness to the people of Islamabad and Pakistan for about 35 years, Kaavan will now be able to retire with other elephants in a specialised sanctuary in Cambodia.

The federal government on Monday issued a permit to transfer the elephant and sources claimed Kaavan will be flown to Cambodia on November 29.

On this occasion, according to the official statement, Cher applauded the premier for his government’s key initiatives for ensuring a cleaner and greener Pakistan.

She said that both the “Protected Areas Initiative” and the “10 billion Tree Tsunami” initiative of the government are highly commendable and praiseworthy as nature based tools for climate mitigation.

Cher also offered her support for furthering the green initiatives through her organisation “Free the Wild” and thanked the PM Imran.

Malik Amin Aslam, special assistant on climate change and in-charge of the PM’s green drive, was also present during the meeting.