Police arrest eight for kite flying in Rawalpindi

Authorities in the twin cities have banned pigeon and kite flying ahead of the Basant season


Our Correspondent March 12, 2018
Kite flying. PHOTO: REUTERS

RAWALPINDI: Police, in a crackdown on kite flying, have arrested eight people involved and retrieved 161 kites, and 13 rolls of string from their possession.

Authorities in the twin cities have banned pigeon and kite flying ahead of the Basant season and Pakistan Day parade. 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.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2018.

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