Sunday, December 11, 2005

Do We Understand the Muslim World - Pakistan Extends Ban on Kites

How about this story from Pakistan? Banning kite flying?

See Associated Press December 11, 2005 article Pakistan Extends Ban on Kites

Pakistan's Supreme Court has extended a ban on making, selling and flying kites
that it imposed two months ago after ruling the sport had become increasingly
deadly, an official said Saturday.

While the court was hearing the
case Friday, police swung batons and lobbed tear gas shells outside the building
to disperse about 500 kite enthusiasts who tried to attend the proceedings.

The court ruled to extend the ban until it meets next on Jan. 26,
said Aftab Iqbal, advocate general for eastern Punjab province.

Lahore, the provincial capital, is the site of an annual festival
in which tens of thousands of people fly kites from rooftops and sports fields.
Hard-line Muslims oppose the festival, called Basant, as a waste of money and
consider it a Hindu festival. It is also celebrated with loud music and yellow

The sport sometimes turns deadly when people fall from
roofs or are injured by metal-lined strings. The strings are used for kite
battles in which people try to cut one another's lines.

people died and more than 200 were injured in February during Basant.


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