Friday, February 17, 2012
Sense prevailed and the judge went to the jail himself, to get the boy out.
The minor was arrested under Pakistan's [Punjab] Kite Flying Act.
See below for short on a reward offered for informing on those found involved in the flying, manufacture or sale of kites.
GUJRANWALA: Sunday morning witnessed the end of the detention of a twelve-year-old boy who was jailed for fulfilling his hobby – kite flying.
Arsalan, a resident of College Road in Gujranwala, was sent to the Central Jail by the Model Town police under Kite Flying Act.
After Gujranwala Sessions Judge Rashid Qamar learnt about the incident, he went to the Central Jail himself in order to free the boy.
Qamar said that the Kite Flying Act was not applicable on twelve year olds and handed the boy to his family members.
He also summoned Magistrate Shahzad Ahmad and SHO Model Town, seeking an explanation.
Currently, the Punjab Prohibition of Kite Flying (Amendment) Bill, 2009 forbids committing or abetting the act of kite flying and/or manufacture and sale of kites. Pak.Trib
FAISALABAD: District Coordination Officer (DCO) Naseem Sadiq has Thursday announced to reward with cash prizes starting from Rs10,000 [£70 /$110 /83 EURO] people who provide information about manufacturing and sale of equipment used in kite flying.
In a statement issued on Thursday, DCO Sadiq said there was a ban imposed on kite flying and that anyone found manufacturing and selling, string reels and kites in Faisalabad district will be prosecuted in accordance with the law. He said there were reports that some elements in the city were still active in manufacturing these substances. He urged the public to report anyone found involved in these activities to the government so that any loss of human life due to the activity could be prevented. He said the identities of these individuals would be protected. Pak Trib.
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