ISLAMABAD: Authorities in Islamabad have banned pigeon and kite flying in the capital ahead of the Basant season and Pakistan Day parade next month. Orders issued by the office of the Islamabad district magistrate said the sport of kite flying posed danger to human life, while the pigeons flying in the sky were a threat to fighter jets which will also be flying over the capital for rehearsal of the Pakistan Day Parade on March 23. The ban has been a custom in recent years.
“It has been brought to the notice of the District Magistrate Islamabad that certain sections of public indulge in manufacturing and selling kites, kite flying string, sharp maanjha, metallic wire and nylon cord which endangers life of people and safety of general public of district Islamabad,” read an order, issued under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1898.
Owners and occupants of all buildings in the capital have also been directed not to allow use of their buildings for kite flying.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 10th, 2018.