Stop firing guns into the air, Karzai urges Afghans
"Countless people have died and wounded as a result of firing guns into the air. The practice always carries a bad repercussion," Karzai told his countrymen a speech to the nation on radio, a statement issued from the President's Office said.
"As a result of such shooting, many houses, shops and crops had caught fire, inflicting heavy financial losses on people," Karzai said.
He said that firing into the air, a traditional way of Afghans to celebrate wedding parties and festivals, had a bad impact on the mind of children, elders and pregnant women.
"Most of our countrymen have become sensitive with firings due to the decades-long conflict in the country," he said. Religious scholars and tribal elders could play a positive role in creating awareness among people about the disadvantages of firing guns into the air.
"We all should come forward and make a commitment to prevent this tradition in every nook and corner of the country," the president said.
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