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Karachi bans kite flying and sale of strings for safety

Karachi bans kite flying and sale of strings for safety

Karachi Commissioner Muhammad Saleem Rajput has taken decisive action to address the alarming rise in tragic incidents related to kite-flying in the city. In a bid to safeguard citizens and prevent further casualties caused by deadly loose kite strings, a two-month ban on kite-flying has been imposed, effective from March 30 to May 29. This prohibition, enacted under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), encompasses the production, sale, and operation of kites across Karachi.

The decision to enforce the ban stems from the grave risks posed by hazardous metal strings commonly used in kite-flying activities. With eight reported injuries already attributed to kite-flying accidents, the authorities are compelled to intervene and mitigate the potential dangers faced by citizens. Recent incidents underscore the urgency of the situation, prompting swift action from the commissioner’s office.

Commissioner Rajput emphasized the paramount importance of prioritizing public safety amidst the dangers associated with kite-flying. Recognizing the inherent risks posed by this recreational activity, the ban aims to protect the lives and well-being of Karachi’s residents. The city government, in alignment with these efforts, anticipates a significant reduction in kite-flying incidents during the ban period, thus fostering a safer environment for all.

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The urgency of the situation is further underscored by recent tragic incidents, such as the hospitalization of a young man named Awais, who sustained severe injuries from a loose kite string in the Azizabad area on March 27. Similarly, a minor boy was rushed to the hospital after falling victim to a deadly kite string while riding a motorcycle with his father in the Nazimabad area. These incidents serve as poignant reminders of the lethal consequences associated with kite-flying activities.

Echoing Karachi’s plight, the Punjab police have intensified their crackdown on kite-flying across the province following a tragic death in Faisalabad under similar circumstances. Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz has taken stringent measures to curb the production, sale, and purchase of chemicals used in manufacturing kite-flying strings, which can inflict fatal injuries resembling razor-sharp blades. These collective efforts reflect a concerted commitment to prioritizing public safety and curbing the menace of deadly kite strings that threaten lives across Pakistan.