PakPunjab | Government denies Basant celebration approval
It looks like the residents of Lahore in particular and Punjab in general will not be able to indulge in the revelries of traditional kite-flying festival of Basant this year.
The caretaker chief minister of Punjab, Najam Sethi tweeted this bad news on the social networking website “Twitter” around Saturday midnight.
He said some legal hitches stood between the kite-flying enthusiasts and their beloved merrymaking spring festival, thus it was not possible for him to make an exception, though he tried his best.
He even apologized to the residents of Punjab for not being able to let them celebrate Basant. has denied the news about approval of Basant celebration in the Pakistan based province in February 2017.
Different news channels had reported about the approval of the Basant in Punjab, after which many religeous personalities, including Mufti Muneeb ur Rahman, also criticised the decision.
According to latest updates, the Punjab Government had denied the news and said that If any such step was taken, that would have announced officially.
Here is the Tweet:
Earlier in August, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had constituted an eight-member committee, led by MPA Zaeem Qadri, for the revival of Basant in Lahore.
The Terms of References of the committee were to come up with well-considered proposals for the revival of Safe Basant, examine the proposal in the light of its touristic potential, and devise a workable code of conduct of regulations for the subject activity.
In 2005, the Supreme Court had banned the spring festival over a number of deaths caused by the use of sharp and glass coated strings.