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Punjab govt’s decision to lift ban on Basant challenged in LHC

LAHORE: A petition was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) challenging the Punjab government’s decision to lift 12-year-old ban on Basant celebrations, ARY News reported. On Dec 19, the Punjab government announced its decision to lift the ban imposed on celebrating Basant saying the festival — which marks the arrival of Spring season — will be celebrated in the second week of February 2019. The plea was filed by a woman who challenged the section-4 of the Punjab Prohibition of Kite Flying Ordinance 2001, which has…

Will accept whatever court’s ruling will be about Basant: Fayaz Chohan

LAHORE: Punjab Information Minister Fayazul Hassan Chohan on Friday said whatever the high court's ruling would be regarding celebration of Basant festivity, he would accept it, ARY News reported. "We had announced for allowing Basant festival celebrations in February next year after complete homework in this regard. Soon after this decision, criticism started pouring in," he said in response to the Lahore High Court's issuing notice to the Punjab government over announcement about Basant on a petition challenging to lift…

LHC issues notice on petition against Basant festival

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) 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. A bench of the high court directed all the respondents to come up with their respective replies to the petition by Dec 26. Meanwhile, it turned down a plea to grant a stay order against the kite-flying festival until the petition is decided. Earlier this week, the Punjab government decided to lift a…

Petition filed in LHC against celebrating Basant

LAHORE: A petition was filed on Wednesday in the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the Punjab government's decision to celebrate Basant festival. According to details, a citizen, who filed the petition, maintained that the festival was banned owing to several incidents of throat slitting of people, including children, by kite flyers' sharp glass and chemical coated strings. Hence, any such event must not be allowed at the expense of human lives, the petitioner added, further pleading the court to annul the provincial…