Drone Cameras Will Be Used to Enforce Kite Flying Ban

The Punjab Government has directed police across the province to ensure that the kite flying ban is not violated and any violators are arrested immediately. Rawalpindi police will be making use of aerial drone cameras to better implement the ban on kite flying and aerial firing. These drones will help the police investigate instances of violations against the ban and get instant knowledge of the area and people behind those violations.

The drones were provided to the Rawalpindi police department last year in July. They were to be used to monitor protests and keep a lookout against any hidden criminals and in locating their hideouts. However, the police department only made use of one drone during the Ashura rallies.

Officials of the police department say that drones will be very useful in curbing the crimes, by striking at its roots. The police will be able to search for people who sell kites or illegal strings used for kite flying in central and downtown areas of the city. Undercover police officers, in plain clothes, will also be deployed to identify the sellers, especially in central areas of the city where kites are very popular. The cameras in the drones will be able to record videos and take photos of the violators of aerial firing and kite flying. These violators will be caught red-handed with the evidence collected.

Punjab police was provided with close to 50 camera drones. Rawalpindi district police and City Traffic Police (CTP) were provided with one drone each. These drones are light and weigh only 1,200 grams, requiring less power so they can be used over long cycles. Each drone is capable of a 26-minute flight cycle before it needs a recharge.

The drones are very simple to use and recording videos or taking photos can also be done via a software interface. Police personnel can operate the drones from their PCs, laptops or Mobile Phones with ease. Functionality available on the control interface lets the officials control the drone’s direction, camera direction, vertical and horizontal camera tilt.

Despite being easy to use, the CTP is yet to make use of the drones while the district police hasn’t been able to benefit from the drones. Perhaps, if the officials were also educated on the usage scenarios for the drones, the police would have been able to put them to much better use.


He is the Editor-in-Chief at ProPakistani. Reach out at aadil.s[at]propakistani.pk

  • a drone can only fly for 10-25 minutes then needs to be recharged between 1-3 hours. How will this help? unless they buy a lot of batteries and many drones.
    not possible for Pakistan Police.

    • Kite-flying was banned here in Punjab mainly because of the deaths that were attributed to careless activity (sharp kite-string cutting the throats of motorcycle riders), and the quarrels, hoopla, mischief, aerial firing and other annoyances caused by rowdy youth during such activities, etc.

      • What an irony, I also recall a time where foreign dignitaries where invited on a state level to celebrate this event.

  • Ouh …. no one is talking about possible threat of fatal to drone which is very much there. A kite thread “doore” can damage to drone machine when flying even on height of 500 or 1000 ft. Therefore, this may not be much successful tool as we are thinking. An ultimate result would be loss of public money in drone crash accidents.

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