The Lahore High Court has asked the Punjab government to submit a reply on why it wants to celebrate basant.
The petitioner, Advocate Safdar Shaheen, argued during the hearing on Friday that the festival’s major activity of kite flying had turned into a blood sport. He added that kite flying had led to the loss of many lives.
The court has directed the government to submit its reply by December 26 to all the reservations raised by the applicant.
Earlier this week, Punjab Information Minister Fayazul Hasan Chohan announced that basant would be celebrated in Lahore once again. However, celebrations should remain within the prescribed rules and regulations of kite flying for public safety, he said.
It will be celebrated in the second week of February, said Chohan while addressing the media on Tuesday.
There was a ban on kite flying during both of Shehbaz Sharif’s tenures as Punjab chief minister.
Responding to a question on whether kite flying will be allowed during the basant celebration, Chohan commented that the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter was available, which stated that the festival should be celebrated within the rules and regulations.
A committee will define the negative aspects of basant and deliberate on how to overcome and manage them. After the committee prepares its report, it will be submitted to the CM for implementation in the relevant departments.