PM, CM urged to revisit kite-flying industry policy


Lahore—All Pakistan Kite Flying Association (APKFA) is ready to supplement government efforts aimed at export boost. Kite flying products of billions rupees could be exported to various countries including USA, UAE, UK, Saudi Arabia and various other countries where Kite flying festivals are being organized regularly.
President of All Pakistan Paper Merchants Association (APPMA) and founder of Kite Flying Festival in Pakistan Khawaja Nadeem Saeed Wayeen said that what a misfortune that dozens of countries around the globe as adopted Pakistan’s world famous kite flying festival as role model and earning millions dollars through organizing it regularly but here in Pakistan this mega event is banned since long. He said that Kite Flying Festival was not providing employment to the millions but was also giving huge revenue to the government, was grooming the hotel and various affiliated industries but now the other countries in general and India in particular has grabbed all the things.
Khawaja Nadeem Saeed Wayeen said that country could have multiple benefits through organizing Kite Flying Festival. It would not only huge much-needed foreign exchange through foreign tourists and through kite flying products exports.
He also offered to organize a “kite products” exhibition in collaboration with the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation (TDCP) and also suggested to hold Kite Flying World Cup that would definitely highlight soft image of the country. He said that ban is not the solution; kite flying festival could be made harmless through joint efforts. He said that a number of foreigners have already showed their keenness to take part in the kite flying festival.
He said that Kite making was attained the status of cottage industry and providing employment to thousands women who were earning handsome money for their bread and butter by making kite at their homes. He said that these thousands women and their families are compelled for starvation due to ban on Kite Flying Festival. He lamented that some very sad incidents took place due to involvement of elements with the vested interests and cultural activity became a bloody game but instead of dealing with them with an iron hand, the festival was done away with altogether. They said that ban was not solution of the problem.
He appealed to the Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to review rules and regulations for kite flying and order to establish Kite City/Kite Flying Zone at a safe place outside Lahore that would not only revive the employment of millions people but would also undo the negative image of the country in particular and Punjab in general.

Salim Ahmed

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