On the eve of Pakistan’s 73rd Independence Day, Fireworks display was seen in many areas. Many people fired shots as the clock struck 12 am late Thursday and early Friday, resulting in 22 injured in Independence Day celebratory aerial firing.
Aerial firing claims a number of precious lives each year, despite that this dangerous way of celebration is been adopted every year.
Not just on the Independence day but aerial firing has become a common trend in Pakistan and usually takes place during chand raats, New Year’s Eve, and Shab-e-Baarat.
Every year people of the city poured to roads for Independence Day celebration while in the state of jubilation, and for the past five years at least dozens have been injured in these killer celebratory incidents.
In 2016, Five people were killed while over 41 others were injured from aerial firing on Independence Day in Multan, Karachi Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
2017 was not different than any other year and at least 11 people, including women and children, were wounded in aerial firing during Independence Day celebrations. a stray bullet wounded 13-year-old girl Maryam in Soldier Bazaar area while a woman was injured in aerial firing near ICI Bridge.
At least three people were killed and over 45 others wounded in different incidents of aerial firing in 2018 during the celebrations of Independence Day in various cities of Pakistan.
Three people died and hundreds of others injured, some of them critically after they met with road accidents while celebrating Independence Day in 2019. Most of the injured were youngsters.
Now this year is the same to what happens every year. Though the cases of aerial firing can be registered under Section 337 (H) (II) of the Pakistan Penal Code for a negligent act of endangering lives, with three months imprisonment, and an undefined fine. Still, the incidents of aerial firing were also reported throughout 22 people sustained injuries this year in Pakistan.