LAHORE: A few days ago, I took my little cousins to a neighbourhood park that reopened after its renovation was recently done. But within a week of it reopening, all the swings in the park were destroyed once again by the very kids who live in this neighbourhood.
On top of that, during my visit there were many kids who were playing with firecrackers that are widely available at corner shops in the city. These kids were lighting these crackers and throwing them at a place which was crowded by other kids and adults. But in the absence of any caretaker of the park, not only were the swings destroyed but these kids were putting theirs and others lives at risk as the close proximity of their lit matches to the grass could have turned the whole place into a fireball. And they were also throwing the crackers right in front of other people.
While it is important for every neighbourhood to appoint caretakers for parks in their vicinity to look after its maintenance and stop any sort of vandalism, it is also important for the federal and provincial governments to ban production and sale of firecrackers. There is no good that comes out of firecrackers a bunch of ill-mannered kids creating a ruckus in public places. Considering all this, a complete ban should be placed on firecrackers.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2018.