Weddings and parties drive away visitors from Bagh-e-Jinnah
LAHORE: Frequent wedding parties and social gatherings at Bagh-e-Jinnah are annoying regular visitors and compromising the garden’s beauty, and the garden’s authorities and the Cosmopolitan Club (CC) have locked horns over holding future on the garden premises.
In January 2006, the garden authorities, the CC and the Lahore Ladies Club had signed an agreement not to organise parties on the park’s premises.
The garden’s authorities had also issued notices to the CC members who were in “violation of the agreement”.
Punjab Advocate General and CC President Aftab Iqbal said he had made all bookings for parties in advance, but from now onwards would not take bookings.
Bagh-e-Jinnah Deputy Director (DD) Muhammad Tariq said, “I have received complaints about foul-smelling lawns and the jogging track. The garden has become a ‘safe haven’ for stray cats and dogs. Most of the lawns were leased to the CC on the understanding that they would not hold parties. The CC charges Rs 75,000 for renting a single lawn, but not a single penny has been given to us for the maintenance of the park.”
He said the Ladies Club was no longer holding parties on the garden’s premises. He said the CC president had ‘threatened’ the garden authorities not to file complaints against the CC.
Shahan Ahmed Khan, former Punjab advocate general, said, “The garden has become a ‘kennel’ for stray dogs because they were feeding on the party leftovers. The garden has lost its beauty.”
Rukhsana Ghafoor, who has been living next to the garden before Partition, said, the beauty of the garden had faded away because the jogging track was full of bones and rotten meat.