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Kite flying is seen despite the ban on Basant in Pakistan

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RAWALPINDI: The spectrum of multicoloured kites covered the sky in the premises of Rawalpindi as citizens on Thursday night and Friday warded off a province-wide ban on kite-flying to enjoy the traditional spring festival of Basant.

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Shouts of ‘Bo Kata’ sprang out as kite-lovers of various parts of Rawalpindi gathered on rooftops to celebrate the Basant which is a symbol of spring.

In spite of an official ban, the price of kite is reportedly ranging from Rs30 to Rs1, 000 in the kite bazaar.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Rawal Town Sardar Babar Mumtaz told media that 31 FIRs were registered beside they also arrested a number of Basant lovers who violated the ban.

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“We even climbed on rooftops of buildings and houses to arrest the kite flyers and those using weapons for aerial firing. Our operation will continue till late night,” said Mumtaz.

Owing to fluctuation during kite-flying, the power supply remained suspended in a number of areas of the city.

Talking to media, the residents of various areas expressed that Basant Festival was passionately celebrated in Rawalpindi in spite of ban. They also expressed their concerns regarding the use of chemical string, which had caused many lives in the past.

Moreover, Basant Festival is also associated with aerial firing as well. Repeated gun shots echoes have also been heard in many parts of the city during Basant. Further, there are incidents of injuries have also been reported.

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