Is kite flying forbidden in Islam

Hundreds of thousands of dragons confiscated: Pakistan bans child play

Islamabad - Pakistan's largest province, Punjab, is cracking down on recreational activities. She has banned kite flying, tracks down players with drones and even locks them up. Several hundred thousand dragons have been confiscated across the province since the beginning of the year, said a police spokeswoman in the city of Lahore, Nabila Razanfar, on Friday.

In the city of Rawalpindi alone, more than 100,000 kites were confiscated. 600 people ended up there behind bars. Police officer Sayed Imran Haidar said that some were added that night. They would have celebrated the Basant Festival: an ancient provincial spring festival to which kites are traditionally flown.

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Kite flying is a popular sport in Pakistan and especially in the Punjab. Every spring, which begins in February with warm breezes, millions of adults and children play with their flying devices. But it is a dangerous sport, say the police. Too often it would take the form of duels. The cord is then made of metal or covered with ground glass. With this, the drivers of the paper planes want to saw off the competition in the truest sense of the word. But more often they also get fingers, hands, even necks. Sometimes there are dead. That is why there have been flight bans for years.

But there is something else behind it: the displeasure of the powerful religious leaders. Basant is derived from Hindu rituals, they say. Therefore it is "un-Islamic". (APA, dpa, March 11, 2016)