Pindi residents concerned over celebratory aerial firing

The police rejected accusations that they have done little to stop aerial firing


APP January 15, 2018
PHOTO: REUTERS

RAWALPINDI: Aerial firing in jubilation has become a nuisance for residents of the Waris Khan area of Rawalpindi. Talking to APP, area residents expressed grave concern on the indifferent attitude of Waris Khan police and the district administration who have failed to take any action against the practice. They warned that aerial firing could result in injuries to passersby and even death. “Fireworks and aerial firing have not only become a routine during marriage ceremonies but are also becoming an integral part of any celebrations. In the past, aerial firing has claimed a number of precious lives in the garrison city while the city administration and the police remain criminally negligent in stopping the practice, a resident said. However, the police rejected accusations that they have done little to stop aerial firing. Police spokesman Imran Haider said that they have been taking strict action against those who have been violating the Marriage Act by resorting to celebratory aerial firing, especially at weddings.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2018.

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