rawalpindi - The ban on kite-flying and use of metallic twine for the purpose is daringly being violated in almost all areas of the city and its cantonment areas. Police are not taking action against the dealers and shopkeepers involved in selling the kites and metal strings.
According to a survey, conducted by The Nation yesterday, kite-flying continued in various areas of the city, including Tench Bhatta, Mohala Raja Hukamdad, Peoples Colony, Iqbal Colony, Dispensary Ground, Misrial Road, Baraf Khana Chowk, Dhoke Syedan, Bakra Mandi, Dhamial Road, Tahli Mohri, Tulsa, Dheri Hassanabad, Kiani Road, Abid Majeed Road, Saddar, Lalkurti, Adaila Road, Morgah, Katcheri, Gulistan Colony, Murree Road, Mareer Hassan, Mareer Chowk, Gawalmandi, Gunjmandi, Iqbal Road, Dhoke Mustaqeem, Dhoke Mangtal, Dhoke Chiragdin, Dhoke Elahi Bux, Ratta Amral, Pirwadhai, Committee Chowk, Bakery Chowk, Fauji Colony, Badar Colony, IJP Road, Waris Khan, Commercial Market, Shakrial, Sadiqabad, Muslim Town, Rawat, Gujar Khan, Mandra and many other areas.
Amir Zia, a resident, said that despite ban, he saw kids and youngsters while flying kits in many areas. He said that the bloody festival of Basant should permanently be banned. He said that government fixed dates for Basant that was extremely not fair. “Last year many children died of twine-cut,” he said. Many others demanded the authorities concerned to strictly implement the ban on kite flying so that the road accidents and loss of human lives could be avoided. District Emergency Officer (DEO) Rescue 1122 Dr Abdul Rehman, upon contacting, said that the emergency service had not received any call regarding kite-flying injury.

Meanwhile, Rawalpindi police claimed that the policemen from police stations Race Course, Sadiqabad, New Town and Waris Khan apprehended 7 people and recovered 318 kites and 35 string rolls. Cases were registered against them, a spokesman informed.