Lahore: Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab Province in Pakistan, Najam Sethi has dropped the idea of celebrating ‘Basant’ festival and kite flying amid threat of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which has described it as anti-Islamic.

Surrendering before the detractors, caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi has turned down the proposal for reviving Basant festival in the state. Earlier, Najam Sethi had expressed his desire to revive the festival by describing it as an intrinsic part of culture of Lahore.

During a high level meeting, the Punjab Province Police apprised Sethi of possible protests to be arisen out of JuD’s warning against Basant festival. After the meeting, the officials advised Sethi to drop the plan to revive the festival.

After taking charge as caretaker Chief Minister, Sethi had directed all the government departments including Lahore Administration to prepare a roadmap of reviving Basant festival.

As per the roadmap, the district administration had recommended to hold the festival including kite flying on April 14-15 at Safari Park and Jhalo Park. Last time, the Basant festival was celebrated in Punjab Province in March, 2009 during Governor’s rule.

JPN/Bureau