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Punjab Bans Basant Celebrations

LAHORE: The government of Punjab on Wednesday imposed a complete ban on celebrating Basant festival and ordered authorities concerned to strictly implement the regulations of the prohibition of the kite flying act.

The decision was taken by the Punjab government after a meeting between Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat.

It has been decided to impose a complete ban on the celebration of Basant festival across Punjab, besides restricting the people from kite flying. The government decided not to allow anyone for kite-flying. The relevant authorities have received reports regarding the preparations of Basant festival in Faisalabad and some other cities in the second week of February. It was learnt that CM Usman Buzdar has rejected all recommendations and suggestions to permit the Basant celebrations, sources said.

The chief minister ordered strict action against kite flyers, sellers and twine manufacturers. He directed the strict implementation of the regulations under the Prohibition of Kite Flying Act and actions against the violators.

For several years, kite flying has been banned in Punjab province and a punishable act with the penalties including imprisonment and fines or both in accordance with the promulgated laws.

In 2007, the Supreme Court had imposed a ban on Basant celebrations after the deaths of scores of people due to kite’s glass-coated strings. TLTP

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