The administration in the federal capital banned the manufacturing and sale of kites and all accessories related to kite-flying, according to a order issued by the District Magistrate in Islamabad, on Monday. According to the order, the action was taken to “prevent danger to human life and disturbance of the public peace and tranquility”.
Islamabad District Magistrate Capt (retd) Mushtaq Ahmed took action after reports emerged that the manufacturing/sale of kites, sharpened twine, metallic wire and nylon cord go on unchecked in the capital territory.
“In exercise of powers under Section 144, the manufacturing and selling of kites, kite flying string, sharpened twine, metallic wire and nylon cord has been banned within the limit of District Islamabad,” read the order. The ban will remain effective for two months, and “owners/occupants of houses, shops, hospitals, etc., would not al-low kite-flying on their rooftops”.
Capt (retd) Mushtaq Ahmed in the order also warned that any-one caught violating the order would be dealt with strictly under the law. On February 7, 2017, Shehbaz Sharif tweeted reiterating the ban on kite-flying in Lahore.
A fiercely competitive activity, the ban on kite-flying was imposed due to the use of dangerous, life-threatening substances, including chemical twine and glass, in the strings that have led to multiple accidents, including electrocution and even death.