LAHORE, Pakistan: Lahore may taste the joy of Basant (kite flying festival) next year after the Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has demonstrated keenness to restore the festival.
Basant has traditionally been a cultural festival across Punjab especially in Lahore to mark the advent of spring. However in recent years, it remained under a ban after a number of casualties surfaced mostly caused by kite strings.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Punjab Chief Minister Spokesman Dr Shahbaz Gill said that Usman Buzdar has voiced his desire to restore the Basant festival in Lahore.
خوشخبری لاہور۔ وزیراعلی پنجاب عثمان بزدار لاہور میں بسنت کی رونق واپس لانا چاہتے ہیں۔ ایک کمیٹی بنا دی گئی ہے۔
— Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@ShabazGil) December 18, 2018
Dr Shahbaz Gill said that in compliance with desires of various social circles, the Chief Minister has decided to form an 8 to 10 member Committee under the Provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat.
The Committee would analyse all aspects of the festival and submit recommendations to the Chief Minister, Shahbaz Gill said.
The Spokesman said that the Punjab government would make the final decision accordingly with assurance that security and safety of the people remain uncompromised.
Good news for lahore CM PUNJAB @UsmanAKBuzdar IS INTERESTED to restore Basant event. CM constituted a committee in this regard.
— Public News (@PublicNews_Com) December 18, 2018