In a rather interesting development, Rawalpindi announced use of drones to track and hunt down people flying kites in the city. Kite flying has, in recent years, has been somewhat banned in certain areas of the country owing to hazardous nature of the sport (passion?). according to Rawalpindi police, the drones will be deployed to capture footage from a specific point in the sky allowing for identification of kite-fliers who fly kites from elevated areas (rooftops etc.) and parts of the streets. Friday saw a confrontation between the Rawalpindi police and kite-fliers, the latter giving the former a rather tough time and avoiding arrest.
People spent Friday flying kites while the law enforcement personnel were busy setting up observation points to keep an eye on the fliers. City Police Officer Israr Abbasi, while monitoring the entire activity, stated that the newly introduced drones in the sky were meant to discourage the dangerous port and aerial firing within the city of Rawalpindi. He said that police were also equipped with night-vision goggles to help keep an eye on the violators even in the dark.
Kite flying has been discouraged for quite some time in Pakistan owing to it causing several deaths on the roads especially because of the iron-esque strings used to fly them. Many people have lost their lives in the past and the police is trying a rather modern approach to try and solve the problem. Abbasi appealed to the people to cooperate with the law enforcement personnel and make the streets safe and rid Rawalpindi of the menace. The police in Rawalpindi arrested 39 people for flying kites and sized 2,638 kites from those people. Cases were registered against the arrested and they were put behind bars. Kite flying used to be a fun-filled activity in the past however, it is become a dangerous obsession, and while civilians may be unwary of the harm it can do, the law enforcement personnel are not. In fact, such efforts should be made at a grander scale within the country.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.