Basant ban

11 Dec 2019


KITE flying is a nationwide activity in spring. But it is also a crime, for this activity involves threads that hurt people. Police recently arrested 17 suspects involved in kite-flying in different areas of Lahore.

On March 25, a resolution was submitted to the Punjab Assembly seeking strict implementation of the ban on kite flying to prevent fatal incidents. The resolution was submitted by a PML-N legislator, Kanwal Liaquat.

According to the resolution, the chemical used in strings for kites cause serious injuries and sometimes can be fatal. Such incidents have become a routine in different parts of the province.

The resolution also censured the provincial administration for failing to stop the sale of hazardous kite strings. It demanded of the government to ensure strict implementation on the ban to save people’s lives.

In January, the Punjab government had apprised the Lahore High Court (LHC) that the provincial government had decided against celebrating the basant festival in the province. The decision not to celebrate basant was taken in a meeting chaired by Punjab’s Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan by calling it in the interest of the people.

It is a wise decision by the government.

Mahad Ansar

Published in Dawn, December 11th, 2019