Hearing held in LHC about Punjab government Basant Festival decision

Hearing held in LHC about Punjab government Basant Festival decision

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Friday issued notices to the Punjab government and other official respondents on a petition challenging the government’s decision to lift a ban on Basant festival in the province.

Justice Ameenud Din Khan of the provincial high court has directed all the respondents to submit their responses by Dec 26, turning down a plea to grant a stay order against the kite-flying festival until a final decision.

Shafqat Hussain Pirzada had moved a petition before the Lahore High Court arguing that the festival inflicts a blow on the national exchequer after the Punjab government decided to lift a ban on Basant festivity and announced that the festival will be held in February next year. A committee had been formed by the government in this regard as well.

Any festivity at the expense of human lives should not be allowed, the petitioner had contended; the petitioner prayed the court to annul the government’s decision to hold the festival in the province.

Basant, a kite-flying seasonal festival of the Punjab region, has been celebrated for generations. It is held in late January or early February and marks the start of the spring season