Amidst rumors on the Basant festival’s ban to be lifted, the Chief Minister for Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif communicated to the general public through his official twitter handle.

Here’s what Shehbaz Shariff tweeted!


The news on the Basant ban did not go well with those waiting eagerly for the kite-flying festival to commence. People took to twitter to express their concerns and views. Some also suggested alternate methods for an impartial ban instead of totally banning the festival.

Here’s what people tweeted!


Basant has been banned in the country since 2005 but the restriction was recently being reconsidered by the Punjab Government.

As reported by The News, “The provincial government will not take any unilateral decision regarding the revival of ‘Basant’ because it may create a huge number of problems for it. So it will make contacts with all the parliamentary parties in the Punjab Assembly and develop consensus for new legislation to lift the ban on the traditional ‘Basant’ festival.”

The festival is popular in Punjab and as Spring approaches the dates for Basant 2017 have been announced by the locals of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The government has set up a committee that will develop a legislation which will introduce strict regulations to be followed by all who want to indulge in the Basant festivities.

A hefty fine and jail term would be applicable for those who manufacture and also sell glass and chemical coated strings that are a danger to people’s lives as reported by The News. 

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Even though no official report has been received as to the ban being lifted, locals have decided on the dates for Basant which are; 16th February in Rawalpindi Cantt, 23rd in Rawalpindi City area and 12th March in Islamabad.

As talks for Basant 2017 are still underway, Police in Islamabad have been instructed by CPO Rawalpindi to arrest kite sellers as the restrictions are yet in place.

Do you think the Government should lift the ban on the Basant Festivities? Let us know in the comments below.

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