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Celebrating law-breaking

Independence Day celebrations have become a nuisance due to unruly mobs on roads. It is not the roads which become unbearable on that public holiday, but people cannot have rest and relief indoors because of the noise outside. This year, 57 people suffered bullet injuries due to celebratory gunfire in Karachi alone on Sunday. Two people, including a woman, were killed and 35 injured due to aerial firing and one-wheeling on Independence Day in Lahore. Other than aerial firing, mobsters find the day an occasion to cause harassment to the citizens by doing one-wheeling, playing the bugles and flirting with women on the main highways of the city until late at night. The police locked up more than 1600 motorcyclists, including two hundred wheelers in different police stations. The aerial firing was also done at some places. There were days when August 14, the Independence Day of Pakistan, used to be a day full of celebration and enthusiasm across the country. Formal events were organized in government institutions and schools, which brought the proud face of Pakistan to the world. Indeed, freedom is a great blessing and nations show their survival only by celebrating Independence Day. But any national day or event celebrated at the country level should not be taken in such a manner that it affects the dignity and identity of the country and sends a message to the world that it is an uncivilized society. Other than Independence Day, another public holiday, such as Eid also bring traffic and other problems for the public. On Eidul Fitr in May, 23 people were injured on the eve of Eid in Karachi alone due to aerial firing and road rage issues.

Aerial firing, one-wheeling and molestation of women on the occasion of Independence Day do not reflect a civilized society. Every year, such a prank is done by the youths in which they also have to suffer the loss of life and the honour of the country. There are laws to prevent such racketeering, which need to be strictly enforced. Before any national festival, the administration should warn the public through a publicity campaign of the consequences of breaching laws in the name of celebrations. Such campaigns can help prevent losses and loss of life. Moreover, those breaking the laws should be sentenced to severe punishment. The public should also celebrate Independence Day in a grand manner by showing morals and civilization on the occasion of such a national day so that the bright face of Pakistan can come before the world. The record tells that the government has taken violations at festivals lightly, and never took any action to curb the trends of law-breaking. Hopefully, celebrations in the future will be safe and worth celebrating.

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