Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui on Wednesday ordered immediate confiscation of all available stock of metallic kite strings and crackdown against manufacturers and sellers of the hazardous item.
Expressing his deep sympathy with the parents and families of the children who lost their lives during past few months in the city due to the string, the commissioner said stringent action would be ensured to avert unfortunate instances.
“It is also more painful to realize that children who lost their lives were themselves not flying the kites but just came across the killer string,” he said.
Siddiqui said no such sport could be allowed that poses risks to precious human lives or hazardous material is used for its application.
“The administration is not against affordable recreational activities including kite flying but extreme caution has to be ensured by the people who are keen to enjoy kite flying,” said the commissioner.
He urged them to use regular strings made of safe cotton threads and paper made kites. The commissioner ordered all deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners to ensure regular visits, along with area police, to all shopping areas and warehouses in their respective areas of jurisdiction and confiscate metallic string used for kite flying.
The commissioner also ordered strict legal action against manufacturers and retailers found to be preparing, supplying or selling the hazardous products despite repeated reminders of restriction imposed on the preparation and availability of the hazardous string across the province.