Punjab Government denied for Basant Festival in Pakistan
Punjab government on Monday denied giving the green light to celebrate Basant in certain parts of the city in February 2017 – Lahore.
Reports on the approval of Basant in Punjab on various news channels, leading many religious figures, including the Mufti Munib al-Rahman, appeared to criticize the decision.
However, the Punjab government has denied later in the news and said that if you take any such step, which would be formally announced.
“Some news channels and reports Basant approval by Govt of Punjab, which is not correct. V will announce it here if you did not take such a step,” tweeted the official twitter page.
Some news channels are reporting approval of Basant by Govt of Punjab, which is NOT CORRECT. V will announce it here if such a step is taken
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) December 5, 2016
Earlier on Monday, it was reported that Education Minister Rana Mashood said held “safe Basant festival in February.” The festival, which is long overdue would entertain Lahorites in designated places in the provincial capital, “the newspaper quoted the minister as saying.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has formed a committee of eight members, through the MPA leader Kadri led to the revival of Basant in Lahore.
The terms of reference for the committee to come up with well thought out proposals to revive the safe Basant, the proposed study in the light of its tourism potential, and develop a code of conduct practical regulations of the activity of the subject.
In 2005, the Supreme Court had banned the Spring Festival over the number of deaths caused by the use of coated glass and sharp chains.