The residents of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have shown concern over the use of fireworks as a part of the Independence Day celebrations.
The residents said that such activities were creating problems for the public.
According to an expert, fireworks are low quality explosive pyrotechnic device mainly used for entertainment purposes. Fahad Ali, a firework shop owner said that there is no need to get permits from the government to run this business as they are not illegal.
Mukhtar Ahmad, a resident of Sector F-6 said, “People across the country illuminate their houses and office buildings and use fireworks which is not only dangerous but cause noise pollution as well.” He claimed that dozens of outlets in Nankari Bazaar, Raja Bazaar, Purana Qilla, Ganjmandi and Moti Bazaar fireworks despite a ban imposed by the government.
Another resident, Ahsan Shah said that the youth thronged different makeshift shops in the twin cities to purchase fireworks. Muhammad Safdar, a resident of Bhara Kahu said that improper use of fireworks is dangerous not only to the public but also for the person using it. “It could cause serious burn wounds and injuries,” he added.
A police official when contacted said, “Trade of fireworks is totally banned and an FIR is immediately registered against those found involved in the business.”