I know that Lahore Nama has been visited in the recent days by hundreds and thousands of Basant enthusiasts. This is unfortunate that an age-old fetival is being banned and denied to people only because the government cannot regulate malpractices by a few business people and the bankrupt, failed WAPDA.
Hope that this festival will come back to Lahore. We strongly protest against this policy decision. Pakistan cannot be made a afe haven for roaming terrorists and suicide bombers while the peaceful citizens are denied the opportunity to celebrate a festival that is so deeply a part of our culture.
Here is the Daily Times story on this:
* District administration warns violators of stern action
* DCO says ‘Governor’s House’ no exception to kite-flying ban
* Police crack down on kite makers
Daily Times Monitor/Staff Report
LAHORE: The district administration has decided to maintain the ban on kite-flying in the provincial capital as per the orders of the Lahore High Court (LHC), warning that those violating the law would be dealt with sternly, a private TV channel reported on Friday.
According to the channel, a meeting presided over by Lahore District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajjad Bhutta, decided that those found violating the court orders would be dealt with strictly under the law.
The DCO said the LHC had declared that permission to celebrate Basant could be given if a guarantee could be made that no human lives would be lost during the festival. However, Kite Flying Association General Secretary Sheikh Saleem told the meeting that no guarantees of the sort could be given. The DCO said the district management would ensure the implementation of the LHC order on Basant, adding that those violating the law could be charged a fine of Rs 300,000 and a three-year imprisonment.
“Kite flying will not be allowed, not even at the Governor’s House,” the DCO said.
Separately, Pakistan People’s Party Secretary General Jahangir Badr said the ban was not on “Basant, but on the use of metal twine”. However, he said he would respect the court’s decision on the matter.
Crack down: Also, police launched an operation against kite makers in the city with the Lytton Road police arresting 12 men for “secretly making and selling kites”, and recovering 100 kites from their possession.