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LAHORE: The All Pakistan Kite Flying Association has appealed to the chief minister to chalk out fresh rules for kite flying and issue orders for establishment of a ‘Kite City’ away from urban areas.

It said the move would not only bring huge foreign exchange in the province, but also supplement government efforts aimed at promoting tourism.

All Pakistan Paper Merchants Association and All Pakistan Kite Flying Association Chairman Khwaja Nadeem Wayeen made the appeal while addressing at a meeting attended by people associated with the kite flying industry from Lahore, Kasur, Gujranwala, Okara, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad and other areas of the province.

All Pakistan Kite Flying Association suggests setting up of ‘Kite City’

Wayeen said thousands of women were earning their living by making kites at home, but now they were out of work due to the ban on kite flying. He said around 150,000 people in Lahore, 100,000 in Gujranwala and 80,000 in Kasur associated with kite flying had lost employment and were facing hunger.

He further said some unfortunate incidents had taken place due to the involvement of elements with vested interests, and the cultural activity became a bloody game. But instead of dealing with those elements with an iron hand, the festival was done away with altogether. He said a ban was no solution to the problem.

Wayeen appealed to the chief minister to review rules and regulations for kite flying and order establishment of ‘Kite City/Kite Flying Zone’ at a safe place outside Lahore that would not only revive employment of millions of people, but also undo the negative image of the country.

Published in Dawn, December 1st, 2015

Comments (7) Closed

haider Dec 01, 2015 08:41am

No - not in urban areas Enough incidents and deaths

Go outside the city to fly kites

Umair Dec 01, 2015 09:13am

Please do so, we need this festival back again, brings joy and happiness into peoples lives, let alone the employment there will be plenty of tourism from the overseas Pakistanis and their foreign friends during the festival.

Cyrus Dec 01, 2015 09:24am

Good idea. People can sell and trade kites there. The Chinese sell some dynamite kites. Families could go on outings. They could hold workshops. There would also be food vendors. Sounds like a plan.

Masud Zaidi Dec 01, 2015 11:15am

100% agree with the kite manufacturing and flying association request. Kite flying has nothing to do with Islam or any other religion. It is a game played and enjoyed by billions of people all over the world and millions of people earn their living with its trade. I have absolutely no doubt that Punjab Administration has several solutions for making rules of safe kite flying.

Masud Zaidi Dec 01, 2015 11:24am

@haider Can you count the number of deaths that occurred due to motor cycle accidents on Pakistan roads. These may be more than a thousand in one year alone. According to a report published in Dawn, there were less than six fatal accidents in three years in Lahore due to kite threads hit to motor cyclists which can be avoided by taking precautionary measures. Let the poor people also earn their living and enjoy this sport.

Waseem Shaikh Dec 01, 2015 11:32am

I wish we can think of resolving the problem vs banning the cultural event. Yes CM has the capacity to stop 100 million people from kite flying but has no guts to stop the Guys making a wrong dor, and then we ask why people are adopting Valentine day, I guess the new directive from CM could be stop living, stop breathing otherwise he will be upset and suspend someone. If you are a problem solver and a socialist then don't just make weddings with one dish, make events of all types with one dish and for sure when PM fly for a local and international trip he should be entitled to one dish instead of 75 dishes.

PHILOSOPHER (from Japan) Dec 01, 2015 11:49am

Wow.. What a great job and RULES making our intelligent CM has ordered. Kite-flying? all the priority issues have been resolved i think.