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Pakistan Kite Flying and Making Ban Extended Until January 26, 2006

Pakistan's Supreme Court extended it's kite making and kite flying ban at least until it next convenes on January 26, 2006.  The ban, originally imposed on October 24, 2005 has created quite a stir across the nation.  The ban was levied due to annual  injuries, some deaths, and serious power outages caused by kite flying in the Basant festival.

Essentially the two issues that create danger are the use of dangerous kite line which can cut or cause power outages and the risks of flying from roof tops in the large cities.  Glass powder coated lines can cause seious cuts.  The other type of lines used, metal wire or metallic powder coated lines can cut flesh as well.  However it is these metallic lines that cause the serious and expensive power outages when they come in contact with the power grid.

 The ban has run up against strong cultural and economic resistance.  The flying of kites during Basant, a spring festival, is deeply rooted in Pakistani culture.  The making of kites and line for this festival employs thousands in the nation.  Banning kite and line makers from making and selling their wares will result in some economic hardship for a segment of the population.

On Friday, December 9, 2005 a protest against the ban turned violent when police carrying batons tried to disperse a protest crowd. Dozens of proponents of the sport were hurt during the crackdown outside the Pakistani Supreme Court in Lahore.

Meanwhile, in Lahore, the regional and city government worked to provide alternate economic assistance to kite and line makers while also shoring up an official crackdown on matters outlined in the Supreme Court ban.  The court had warned district assemblies that they would be held in contempt if they did not enforce the ban. 

More details can be found in the following news stories:

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 06:55AM by Registered CommenterHifliercanada in , | CommentsPost a Comment

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