RAWALPINDI - Aerial firing in jubilation has become a great nuisance for the citizens and they expressed grave concern over the indifferent attitude of police and district administration towards the sheer violation of the marriage ordinance in the city and its suburbs.

Display of fireworks and aerial firing have not only become a routine during marriages but also been made an integral part without which every marriage procession is considered incomplete.

Aerial firing has claimed scores of precious lives and only criminal apathy had been shown by the authorities concerned to curb this menace.

The secret warehouses at Narankari Bazaar and other areas mainly in Raja Bazaar are stuffed with fireworks, which are being sold with impunity. Social, religious and political circles have demanded the government implement the marriage ordinance in letter and spirit, besides bringing the violators to justice to avert any major mishap.

Despite a ban imposed by the Supreme Court as well as the Rawalpindi district government on the use of fireworks and firing into the air, the people are witnessed flouting the order during different functions. Firing into the air has become a common practice especially during festivities like weddings. In congested areas of Rawalpindi city and its suburbs, firing in jubilation has become a routine as there is no one to check the illegal practice.

When contacted, a police official said due to paucity of manpower it was impossible for them to put all the marriage halls and other marriage functions organised in homes under vigilance and take the ban violators to the task. Pu blic and social circles called upon the police authorities to ensure the enforcement of the ban and take action against the violators.