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aPle against kite-flying ban dismissed: Courts cannot give ‘licence to kill’: LHC

LAHORE: Courts cannot give anyone ‘licence to kill’ in the name of Basant, as it is a dangerous activity, said Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday while dismissing a petition challenging the kite-flying ban.

The Punjab government submitted a report in the court, stating that the Punjab Prohibition of Kite Flying Ordinance, 2001, was amended in 2007 and 2009 in line with the Supreme Court order for the safety and security of life and property of the people.

The report added the government had closely monitored kite flying and found that allowing it to continue would be against the public interest.

At least 18 people were killed and 24 others injured in incidents related to kite flying activities during 2006-09, the report said, adding that WAPDA incurred revenue losses to the tune of Rs 5 billion while the damage caused to grid stations amounted to Rs 57 million.

It would be unfair to leave the entire community at the mercy of a group involved in the business of kite-flying, the report concluded.

The petitioner, Suhail Ansari, a kite trader, submitted that the Supreme Court (SC) had ordered that all stakeholders should be heard before amending the law relating to kite-flying, but the authorities issued the ordinance without hearing the effected people.

He submitted that the people who had played an active role in bringing changes to the law had no knowledge of the materials used in the makes.

He said SC had also ordered the provincial governments to ensure protection of life and property of the people, but the government had instead banned kite-flying despite the fact that the livelihood of thousands was linked with this business.

The petitioner also presented a document, suggesting a specific type of material and size of kites, which, according to him, was not dangerous. He requested the court to strike down the ban on kite flying.

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