Booming fires alight skies; bullets hurt 17 on New Year eve in Pakistan
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The New Year was greeted with booming fires in the air as the revelers flouted a ban on the firing put by the city administrations. As many as 17 people got injured by the aerial firing incidents, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.
Reportedly, some merrymakers in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and several other cities in their zeal to welcome the New Year let go the practice of alighting the fireworks, rather they opted to illuminate the skies on the last night of the year 2021 with their gun fires. The video clips of people spraying bullets into the air were uploaded on social media.
In Karachi, as soon as the clock ticked 12am, the skies got brightened with the gun fire and firecrackers. Many areas of the metropolitan city were resonated by the boom of the fires. All claims of the administration regarding ban on the aerial firing fell flat on the New Year eve.
Oblivious of the consequences, the revelers’ strayed bullets hit 17 people injuring them badly. Sadly enough, a drifted bullet struck an innocent citizen in his head in Karachi.
In Nazimabad, a 10-year-old girl got injured by a stray bullet. An unknown man in Guru Mandir, Asmatullah in Joharabad, a boy named Farooq and a woman Nazeera in Gulistan Johar, 14-year-old Haris in Napier and three people in Sarjani Town, Kala Pull and Sadr Zainab Market were hit by stray bullets.
Besides them, Ali Akbar in Madina Colony; Muhammad Akram in Liaqatabad; Faisal in Federal B area; Asmatullah in Azizabad; Ata Ullah near beach; 16-year-old girl Faseeha and two people in Korangi and Landhi sustained injuries after being hit by drifted bullets.
According to some reports, a bullet was also hit the car of electronic market association president Rizwan. But no injury was reported during the incident.
The city thoroughfares were brimmed with the mirthful young motorcyclists and car riders who were out on streets to celebrate the New Year. From Shahre Faisal to Karachi beach, there was unusual traffic pressure on roads. Despite the fact that the weather was nippy, the merrymakers were marching to the beach.
Police and Rangers were deputed all along the roads and remained busy in snap checking to thwart any untoward incident.
The Peshawar city police launched a crackdown on the New Year celebrators and apprehended several youngsters and recovered weapons from their possession.
Reporters Daniyal Syed, Abdul Khaliq Mughiri, Hamza Ali