Plans to revive Basant in Punjab dropped

Pakistani authorities have dropped a plan to revive the ‘Basant’ festival and kite-flying in the central province of Punjab in the wake of a warning issued by Jamaat-ud-Dawah

Written by Press Trust Of India | Lahore | Published: April 11, 2013 1:08 am

Pakistani authorities have dropped a plan to revive the ‘Basant’ festival and kite-flying in the central province of Punjab in the wake of a warning issued by Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD),which has described the event as “un-Islamic”.

The interim government of Punjab headed by caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi surrendered to detractors of the festival and dropped the proposal to revive Basant.

During a high-level meeting held in Lahore on Monday,officials were warned by police about the possible negative fallout from the revival of Basant,which marks the onset of spring.

Police officials warned the government of possible protests and a fallout of a warning issued by the JuD,a source told PTI.

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