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Lahore High Court asks Punjab govt to justify its decision to celebrate basant by Dec 26

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 21, 2018 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 21, 2018 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Lahore High Court asks Punjab govt to justify its decision to celebrate basant by Dec 26

Basant will be celebrated in the second week of February

PHOTO: AFP

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.

Related: Basant kites may brighten up Lahore skies once again

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.

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5 Comments

  1. Avatar
      M.nawaz bhatti  December 26, 2018 2:45 am/ Reply

    Bohat sare gareeb log ap ko dua dein gey gareeb logo ko karobar mill jaye ga.road ke senter mein pol ke sath wire laga dein.jis road par pull ni hain.koi accident. ni ho ga

  2. Avatar
      Kashif-ur-Rehman  January 1, 2019 6:44 pm/ Reply

    Motorbikes should not be banned on the bassant eve rather protected by the steel wire.

    Charkhi should be banned for ever,
    Pinnah should be allowed.

    Everything which is given licence by the Gov has its negative results.
    Driving Licence, cant stop killing
    Arms Licence cant stop killing.
    If killing is not stopped, we cant ban on
    Vehicles or arms. We should take safety measures. Please bassant should not be banned. We want to celebrate it. Like arms manufacturer he
    earn from it, kites industry also earn for millions of people.

  3. Avatar
      Farooq  January 10, 2019 1:53 am/ Reply

    Basant is a great festival and should be allowed.

    It will help in flourishing business as well.

    It is also a cheap sports.

    People should be allowed to celebrate basant with certain precautionary measure

  4. Avatar
      Umar  January 13, 2019 8:53 pm/ Reply

    We want to celebrate bsant..

  5. Avatar
      Mian Anas  January 22, 2019 9:49 pm/ Reply

    Aik bar phir Punjab mai basant jesa festival ka hona bohat achi baat hai
    Is pabandi hatam kar kai revenue earned kar na ha sub sai pehly hamai logoo kite jan Kia tahafaz karni hai is lia hamai first safety karni hai aur logoo kite jan bachani hai

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