ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of colourful kites in various designs filled the skyline of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Friday, despite a complete ban on their flying and selling.
Taking advantage of the relaxed attitude of the administrations of both the cities, the kite flyers climb up to the roof tops and enjoy their favourite game in pleasant breez of spring. However, this sport is always considered to be dangerous for citizens especially the motorcyclists.
Hence, they have urged the police to fully implement the ban, as the dangerous chemicals applied on the kite strings have injured many people, including children in the past.
It is observed that the kite flyers in their attempt to cut loose other kites even use metallic wires, nylon cord and glass-coated twines. The youth are potential buyers of these strings without realizing what harm the string could do to others.
Kite flying became controversial in 2004 because of increasing use of metallic wire and plastic strings.
The metallic wire also causes sparks when they touch electricity cables while glass-coated strings can cut through human body.
Taking note of the increasing deaths caused by kite strings the Supreme Court had banned kite flying in 2005.
Arshad Ali, a kite lover, said kite flying is a positive activity if people take it as a sport and there was no need to ban it.
While Rashid Khan has a different view “I am disappointed that there are no kites in the sky, but I am happy that there will be no deaths because of the deadly strings.”
However, a police official claimed that the police has been carrying out raids to check the sale of kites and strings in the markets.
While acknowledging that people in some areas do not respect the ban, he advised the parents to stop children from flying kites on roof tops.
“It is our firm resolve to stop people from violating the ban on selling or flying kites,” he said.