Aerial firing on Pakistan's Independence Day kills two, injures dozens

Every year, a number of people sustain bullet wounds in aerial firing marking the day in Pakistan

While Pakistan on Sunday marked its 75th Independence Day, at least two people were killed and some 57 people, including women and children, sustained bullet injuries after aerial firing during midnight celebrations in different parts of Lahore and Karachi. 

A 17-year-old youth namely Chand Masseh died after a stray bullet hit him in Shafiqabad area of Lahore, reports the Daily Pakistan citing police. 

In another incident, a woman died in her sleep when a stray bullet hit her in the Lower Mall area in the second largest Pakistani city after Karachi. Police shifted the bodies to the morgue and further investigations were underway.

Meanwhile, Police Surgeon Summaiya Syed confirmed the Dawn newspaper the number of those injured, saying that several of the injured were in critical condition.

In an incident in North Karachi, security guards opened fire to mark the day, without considering the presence of children in the surroundings, according to Geo News. 

Similar incidents of aerial firing were reported from Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block 7, Bahadurabad, Yousuf Plaza, Liaquatabad, Gulbahar, Chakiwara, Soldier Bazaar, New Town, PIB Colony and other areas in the largest Pakistani city. 

Meanwhile, local police arrested a suspect involved in aerial firing at the Eidgah ground in Karachi and seized weapons from his possession. 

Every year, a number of people sustain bullet wounds in aerial firing marking the day in Pakistan. Some fatalities, too, are often reported during the celebrations. 

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