No Basant Festival in the Province, Government Denies Approval
Yesterday there were news at TV channels that the government of Punjab has consented to celebrate the Basant Festival in Lahore.
The Education Minister Rana Masood on Monday announced that the Basant Festival “Safe Basant” will be held in the province in February 2017.
“The long awaited festival would entertain the citizens of Lahore at designated places in the provincial capital.”
The Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif earlier had established an eight member committee under the leadership MPA Zaeem Qadri for the revival of Basant Festival in Lahore.
Today the government of Punjab has refuted the new for the approval of Basant Festival in the province in February 2017. They said they are pondering over to take step and will make official announcement in this regard.
Government of Punjab said in a tweet that some of the news channels are airing the news that Government has approved the Basant Festival celebration, which is NOT Correct. Further add that they will officially announce if this step is taken.
It is important to mention here that the Supreme Court of Pakistan had banned the celebration of the Basant festival in the country in 2005, over the number of deaths by the use of sharp and glass coasted string.