Despite the Punjab Prohibition of Kite Flying Bill, kite fliers in Lahore continue to engage in the activity despite warnings and fines issued by the provincial government. In a recent tragedy, 2-year-old Noor was killed in Sabzazar after a stray kite claimed her life. Her father, Jameel, and her 4-year-old brother Hamza were accompanying her on their way home when kite twine slit her throat. Police of the Sabzazar limits arrested three people from the area on the charges of flying kites despite declared prohibitions. A senior police officer also stated that a search throughout the area was being conducted in order to find out where the kite was being flown.

The ban on kite flying in Lahore receives ambivalent reactions from society; many support it on grounds of protecting children and pedestrians from fatal encounters with twines that are composed of shards of glass and wire, while others oppose it and insist that instead of banning the festivity altogether, regulation should take place on the market producing material that claims the lives of people throughout the city. In most cases, children and motorcyclists become victims of kite twine – often resulting in gruesome death. Despite the ban, kite sellers carry on with their business without any fear of police action.

In a similar incident, a young 20-year-old man was severely wounded by sharp kite string in Sialkot. He is currently hospitalized due to the deep cut he received to his throat. The list, sadly, goes on. While it is understood that kite flying is a recreational activity favored by many in the province and that a complete ban on the entertainment will help little, the tragic fate of Noor compels us to remember that the market that produces such substance that results in injury and gore needs to be curtailed immediately without further delay or excuse.