Friday, December 09, 2005

Banning of Kite-flying banned in Pakistan

A law banning the passing of any law banning kite flying was passed today by the Pakistani Supreme Court. The passage of this law follows closely on the heels of a law banning kite-flying which was passed earlier this week.

According to government sources, the Pakistani High Court in Lahore banned the popular activity of kite-flying because several people have been killed in the past by the kite's thin string. However, this sparked off massive demonstrations outside the High Court building by protesters who claimed that kite-flying was an intrinsic part of Pakistani culture. In the resulting riots, a number of people were hurt by the police baton charge.

This incident led the Pakistani Supreme Court to pass a law banning any High Court from banning kite-flying in the future. "Banning kite flying has been proven to cause a greater number of casualties than the actual act of flying a kite itself", said Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, justifying the ban on the ban. "Although banning a ban might be considered to be a double negative, it is still a positive development in the legal landscape of the country."

In other news, in a major flip-flop, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has backtracked on his demand for Israel to be deleted from the world map, now requesting for it to be cut pasted into Europe instead.

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