02.27.07 11 years ago 8 Comments

You think drug-dealing is a dirty racket? It's got nothing on the unsavory characters in the underworld of kite-flying.

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.

The deaths and injuries were caused by stray bullets, sharpened kite-strings, electrocution and people falling off rooftops yesterday at the conclusion of the two-day Basant festival… 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.

Pakistan: now with nuclear weapons!

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