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08 March 2006

Kite Fighting in Pakistan: Banned for 350 Days a Year


ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Flying a kite in Pakistan is a dangerous pastime.

Already it's banned for all but 15 days of the year but a provincial minister warned kite-flyers this week that any who cause injury or death with string made from metal or coated with glass could be tried under anti-terrorism laws.

The Punjabi chief minister's unprecedented threat came just ahead of the start of an annual kite-flying festival in the provincial capital, Lahore, Sunday.

Kite-flying in Pakistan and neighboring India often involves aerial duels in which participants try to bring down each other's kites using string coated in a sticky paste of ground-up glass or metal.

What about in Afghanistan?... Presumably, most Westerners discovered this sport via the book “Kite Runner”. -AT

3 comments:

Adriane said...

As popular as the book is, you are very probably correct, but not 100%. Japan also has kite fighting & I learned about it through my interest in Japanese culture.

We were going to try to have a kite fight /kite flying contest several years ago as part of our sister-city Japanese festival, but the park grounds were 'way too small!' we were told.

Since the park is in the middle of the city and not out on, say, a beach somewhere, it was probably way too dangerous & way too stupid, but the Japanese were too polite to tell us that. :-)

metin said...

Kite Fighting: sounds like a new event for the Summer Olympics.

I wonder if it could be introduced as a team sport or an individual event?

Murat Altinbasak said...

adriane, tell me you were at least planning to wear kevlar gloves!

metin, sounds like a great replacement for curling! (even though that's a winter sport) I could see it being a team event- two teams of multiple kite fighters. The kites would no doubt fly with their respective country's flag colors. I think it's a great idea- I'm sure Afghans and Pakistanis would think so!