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Resolution in Punjab Assembly seeks strict implementation on kite-flying ban

LAHORE: A resolution was submitted to the Punjab Assembly on Monday seeking strict implementation of ban of kite-flying to prevent fatal incidents, ARY News reported.

The resolution was submitted by a legislator of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Kanwal Liaquat.

According to the resolution, the chemical used in strings for kites was causing serious incidents and claiming lives of people. “The incidents caused by kite-flying have become routine in different parts of the province,” it said.

Read also: Stray kite string slits throat of a toddler in Gujranwala

Earlier in the month of January, the Punjab government had apprised the Lahore High Court (LHC) that the provincial government had decided against to celebrate the basant festival in the province.

The decision not to celebrate basant festival was taken in a meeting chaired by Punjab’s Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan by calling it in the interest of the people of the province.

The minister said four to six months are required to take preventive steps to ensure  celebration of Basant in a peaceful manner.

Basant festival was banned across the province after throats of several motorcyclists and others were cut with kite flyers’ sharp glass and chemical coated strings.

In 2005, the Supreme Court had also banned the festival over deaths caused by the use of sharp and glass coated strings. Several petitions challenging the ban were dismissed by the court.

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