Kunduz children rally against sale of toy guns, firecrackers

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Scores of poor children on Tuesday rallied against the sale of toy guns and firecrackers, asking businessmen not to import items that encouraged violence among minors.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) often issues orders to shopkeepers and businessmen not to sell or import toy guns. But despite frequent reminders, the dangerous items can still be found in the market.

Security officials have promised a halt to the sale of toy guns and other explosives, but ahead of Eid, such items flood almost all shops and business centres across the country.

Some poor children rallied in the Kunduz City to express their aversion to the sordid business and urged businessmen to import pens and notebooks instead of firecrackers and toy guns.

The children rallied to the police headquarters, asking the officials to collect goy guns from shops and ban their sales. The rally was organised by the Media Cultural and Communication Foundation (MCCF).

Sharifullah, one of the participants of the rally, blamed police for failing to crack down on the open sale of firecrackers and other toys that promoted violence.

Police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh welcomed the rally as a positive move by poor children. He promised collecting all toy guns from shops ahead of the Eid festival.

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