Dist admin in no mood to curb kite flying

RAWALPINDI - While police and district administration seem in no mood to take action against the kite lovers, kite selling and flying continued in various parts of the city on Friday.However, no casualty or injury reported in the city. Rescue and administrations of three teaching hospitals also received no victim of kite flying.After three deaths and several injuries during kite flying last Friday, police came into action and launched an anti-kite drives across the city apprehending many kite sellers, flyers and recovering kites and twines with City Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Hameed Khokher’s strict orders to SHOs of all police stations to deal violators with iron hands. But now it has became history as the defiant SHOs of many police stations thrown the orders of CPO into dustbin by not taking legal action against the kite sellers and flyers in their areas concerned. The sale of kites and metallic strings has been going uncheck in the areas of police stations Banni, Waris Khan and City.In the limits of police stations Civil Line, Saddar Bairooni, Cannt, Westridge, Ratta Amral, Race Course, Pirwadhai, Naseerabad, City, Banni, Waris Khan, New Town and Sadiqabad, the residents were dueling kites without any fear in brazen violation of the an.  Holding bamboo sticks tiding thorny bushes at the end to hang a stray kite, scores of children have been running after the kites and to loot the twines even infront of many police stations disturbing the traffic flow but no action was taken by law enforcers. Similarly, many families were seen on rooftops enjoying kite-flying.Muhammad Ashraf, a school teacher at Tench Bhatta, said that the ban on kite flying and use of metallic strings was openly being violated in the city and its cantonment areas but the high ups of City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) and police seemingly tied black clothes on their eyes. He said that the lost of four lives and many injuries in kite-flying related incidents last week did not bother Punjab government to hold the reigns of district administration and police. He demanded Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif to impose complete ban on kite flying.  Sajida Shabbir, a house wife at Misrial, said that the officials of CDGR and Rawalpindi police failed to curb kite flying and the mayhem created under the pretext of Basant celebrations in Rawalpindi. She said that the citizens were flying kites round the clock with heavy music and aerial firing but the authorities concerned were in slumber. She appealed CPO to take action against the violators. Amir Khan, a motorcyclist at Ratta, also demanded the authorities concerned to strictly implement the ban on kite-flying, so that road accidents and loss of precious human lives could be avoided. Zameer, another resident, urged the police officials to ensure a complete ban on the sale of kites, strings and fireworks.Many citizens demanded CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and officials concerned of the district government to strictly implement the ban on kite-flying.CPO Azhar Hameed Khokher, when contacted by this scribe, astonishingly was unaware about the open violation of ban over kite-flying in the city. He claimed that in no area of the city kite was being flown today (Friday).When told the areas where kite flying was continue, CPO said he would check himself and would take action against the SHOs concerned. 

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