Monday, February 26, 2007

Go Fly A Kite

I loved to fly kites as a kid. I couldn't see why someone would use that expression when they wanted to get rid of someone. In Pakistan they also say it when they want to get rid of someone, forever.

At least 11 people died and more than 100 people were injured at an annual spring festival in eastern Pakistan celebrated with the flying of thousands of colourful kites, officials said today.

That's what happens when you attach suicide vests to jehadi kites.

The festival is regularly marred by casualties caused by sharp kite strings or
celebratory gunshots fired into the air.

Kite flyers often use strings made of wire or coated with ground glass to try to cross and cut a rival’s string or damage the other kite, often after betting on the outcome.

They also go fishing with hand grenades and RPG's.

Authorities temporarily lifted a ban on kite flying that was imposed last year following a string of deaths at the festival.

Lahore Mayor Mian Amier Mahmood said that the two-day permission to fly kites ended yesterday and the ban has been re-imposed.

Police arrested more than 700 people for using sharpened kite strings or firing guns and seized 282 illegally held weapons during this year’s festival, said Aftab Cheema, a senior Lahore police officer.

Ya got a license for that kite, kid?

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