Punjab Govt withdraws decision to lift ban on kite-flying

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LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to withdraw its decision to lift a decade long ban on celebrating Basant festival in the province.

The decision comes in the deterrence of the life-threatening consequences that come with the practice, which requires proper preparations and legislation before the ban could be lifted, Punjab minister Abdul Aleem Khan said.

“We need four to six months of working to make Basant a safe festival,” he said, adding such festivities could be allowed given all government agencies did their job.

Responding to a question, he said there should be strong laws against the use of glass-coated strings.

Last month, the provincial government had decided to lift a longstanding ban on Basant celebrations, announcing that the annual kite-flying festival would be held in the second month of the coming year.

The citizens then petitioned against kite-flying activity in the Lahore High Court.

The Sipreme Court had banned the festival in 2005 after several incidents of kite flyers’ sharp glass and chemical coated strings slitting throats of citizens, including children.

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