Lahore: Capital City Police Officer Lahore Additional IG Ghulam Mahmood Dogar has said that kite flying is life threatening dangerous activity and Lahore Police has been taking concrete measures to curb this menace by suggesting strict fines and sentences to the government according to the gravity of the offence in term of punishment. Lahore Police has already sent recommendations with its proposed amendments in the Punjab Prohibition of Kite Flying Act 2001 for further approval to eradicate this dangerous activity under new legal framework. CCPO Lahore said that to curb manufacturing of kites and twine, the police proposed strict imprisonment and huge fines.
CCPO Lahore Ghulam Mahmood Dogar said this during a press conference held today at Police station Akbari Mandi. SP City Division Tariq Rizwan, SDPO Naulakha Circle Mian Qadeer and other police officers were present on this occasion. CCPO Ghulam Mahmood Dogar said Lahore police during its biggest action of the year against violation of Kite Flying Act have arrested an accused Muhammad Yaseen, resident of Narowal involved in sale of kites and strings. According to the details, the accused Muhammad Yaseen used to purchase kites and strings from Peshawar, stored them in in a godown in Walled City area and sell them Lahore as well as other districts. Police during an information based action raided this godown located in Mohalla Shiyaan and recovered as many as 50 thousands kites and more than 6300 strings of different kinds. Police has been conducting raids to arrest the other accused Ali Imran resident of Gulberg involved in this heinous crime. Ghulam Mahmood Dogar further informed media persons that Lahore police has arrested as many as 10211 accused against violation of Kite Flying Act this year till now and registered 10112 cases in different police stations against them. Police has also recovered during this year more than one lac kites and 18000 different strings as well as raw material used in manufacturing of kites and strings. CCPO Lahore further said the comprehensive recommendations sent by Lahore Police to curb this crime are based on wide range of administrative, judicial and legal measures. According to the proposals, different government institutions should be incorporated to counter kite flying strategy to disrupt the supply chain of kites, sharp twines and manufacturing of related banned items to eliminate this crime permanently. Ghulam Mahmood Dogar further said it has been proposed that the Cyber Crime Wing of FIA should have the mandate for action against online Face book pages and websites involved in promoting the organized crime of online selling of kites, twine and related items. It has been further suggested that federal departments could be approached to ban the import of nylon chords and other metal wires being used to manufacture twines. Ghulam Mahmood Dogar said that this initiative of Lahore Police will create strong deterrence for saving the precious lives of people. CCPO Lahore has directed police officers to take strict action against kite manufacturers, sellers as well as kite flyers. Ghulam Mahmood Dogar has appealed the citizens and parents particularly to stop their children from the life threatening dangerous activity.