Feb 042009
 

basant1* Citizens say hide-and-seek between them and police will continue until Basant gets green light
* KFA official says use of polyester will be banned, kite flyers will only get cotton twine

By Afnan Khan

LAHORE: With the advent of February, the month associated with the colourful festival of Basant, Lahoris on Tuesday started defying the ban on kite flying.

Despite several arrests, the police have not been able to keep the Basant enthusiasts from flying kites. The citizens criticised the Punjab government for making plans to restrict the festival to the Walled City. Residents of the Walled City, Mozang, Ichhra, Shadman, and Gulberg are the more passionate enthusiasts.

Hide-and-seek: “Basant is the festival of Lahore and no one can stop us from celebrating it. We are crazy about kites and the passion is in our blood,” Sarmad, a violator, told Daily Times. He said the game of hide-and-seek would continue between them and the police until they were given permission to enjoy the festival.

“Punjabi culture is full of colour and festivities and Basant tops them all. The authorities should not try to ruin the festival,” another citizen said.

He said the Indians had started organising the festival across their country to attract tourists, adding that the Pakistan government was trying to keep the people at bay.

While criticising the idea of restricting the festival to the Walled City, he said, “It will be like dividing the Lahoris. The residents of other areas will rush to the Walled City, which will ultimately create problems for the law enforcers.” Lahore Kite Flying Association (KFA) General Secretary Mohammad Saleem said the association was coordinating with the City District Government Lahore and other authorities to organise the festival. He said they had prepared a final draft of recommendations, which would be presented to the government on February 6.

Strictly banned: He said the usage of polyester would be strictly banned in string preparation, adding that kite flyers would be provided with cotton twine only.

“It will prevent fatalities as flexible and rigid polyester string is behind slitting throats. Instead of metallic or glass powder, usage of traditional material in preparation of string will be ensured. We are trying to persuade the government not to limit the festival to the Walled City,” he said, adding that the final date for the celebrations would be announced soon. The government should make safety antennas mandatory for motorcyclists, he said, adding that the law enforcers should be ordered to check loud music and aerial firing.

District Coordination Officer Sajjad Bhutta said safety of the people was the first priority of the government. He said negotiations were in progress, adding that no one could give the final date as several hurdles were still to be addressed. Daily times, 4-Feb-09

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Mohammad AbdulRahim

  25 Responses to “Ban on kite flying: Lahori Basant enthusiasts flay restriction”

  1. HI THIS IS Umair urf jujje i just wanna say that there is no lahore without basant. We all lahories want this festival and this is the only way to promote our tridition.

  2. HI THIS IS KASHIF FROM LAHORE AND I WANNA SAY THAT THERE SHOULD BE BASANT IN LAHORE BUT WITH SOME RULES OF LAW.POLISTER SHOULD BE BANNED AND METALIC WIRE AS WELL. OTHER THAN THIS BASANT IS THE 2ND NAME OF LAHORE,AND WE SHOULD PROMOTE IT.

  3. Regret to see message in favour of Basant especially on the forum of civilised people.

    It took us so long to arrive at simple correct decision (that was very sad). That late decision (after many innocent kids were slaughtered for quite long time) once again revealed the lack of responsible and honest people in government generally and in judiciory especially. Media failed too.
    In any society where ‘Justice’ has not flown away, the responsibles would have been hanged by necks.

    May Almighty be merciful on ummah

  4. i would like to say there are rules for every game so there should be rules for kite flying as well i am not in the favour of killing people i am in london and i want to come lahore just for  bassant i love this festival, there is nothing to do with the religon…………  people will give u a religious background of basant  how this festival started and this is wastage of money and time  but how they forget abt mehdi festival in muslims wedding. is it  not wastage of money and time or pormoting hindu culture. But they have problem by celebrating basant festival

  5. hay hi all pakistani ..brothers basant is the festiveal of love and happiness soooo plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz let people celebrte that but wid cairfully not too kill some one hows one of uss. and one more think KADAM BARHAOO NAWAZ SHARIF HUM TUMHARY SAATH HAIN . PAKISTAN ZINDA BAAD LOHORE PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ CELEBRT BASANT WID LOTS OFFFFF HALAGULLA.and the people who were againsed the basant same off them r our politicians.unnsay guzarish ha k logon kooo bomb or target killings say marney sai bahter yah hai kai wohh apney gher kee chaatoon paaa rahin orrr apney zindagey enjoy kareeny basant mana kar bajaie dog kei mott marein k.8 march is the daTE OF BASANT IN LAHORE AND I THINK ITS CONFORM.

  6. hay hi all pakistani ..brothers basant is the festiveal of love and happiness soooo plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz let people celebrte that but wid cairfully not too kill some one hows one of uss. and one more think KADAM BARHAOO NAWAZ SHARIF HUM TUMHARY SAATH HAIN . PAKISTAN ZINDA BAAD LOHORE PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ CELEBRT BASANT WID LOTS OFFFFF HALAGULLA.and the people who were againts thebasant same off them r our politicians.unnsay guzarish ha k logon kooo bomb or target killings say marney sai bahter yah hai kai wohh apney gher kee chaatoon paaa rahin orrr apney zindagey enjoy kareeny basant mana kar bajaie dog kei mott marein k.8 march is the daTE OF BASANT IN LAHORE AND I THINK ITS CONFORM.and if any buddy nows plz mail me at my amil id salam king khan.MAY ALLAH SAVE PAKISTAN WID THE BLACK HAND OFF ASIFMURDARRY. AMEEN.AND PLZ PRAY FOR OUR PAKISTAN.

  7. hay hi all pakistani ..brothers basant is the festiveal of love and happiness soooo plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz let people celebrte that but wid cairfully not too kill some one hows one of uss. and one more think KADAM BARHAOO NAWAZ SHARIF HUM TUMHARY SAATH HAIN . PAKISTAN ZINDA BAAD LOHORE PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ CELEBRT BASANT WID LOTS OFFFFF HALAGULLA.and the people who were againts thebasant same off them r our politicians.unnsay guzarish ha k logon kooo bomb or target killings say marney sai bahter yah hai kai wohh apney gher kee chaatoon paaa rahin orrr apney zindagey enjoy kareeny basant mana kar bajaie dog kei mott marein k.8 march is the daTE OF BASANT IN LAHORE AND I THINK ITS CONFORM.and if any buddy nows plz mail me at my l id salam king khan.MAY ALLAH SAVE PAKISTAN WID THE BLACK HAND OFF ASIFMURDARRY. AMEEN.AND PLZ PRAY FOR OUR PAKISTAN.gomzee_2004@yahoo.com

  8. hay hi all pakistani ..brothers basant is the festiveal of love and happiness soooo plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz let people celebrte that but wid cairfully not too kill some one hows one of uss. and one more think KADAM BARHAOO NAWAZ SHARIF HUM TUMHARY SAATH HAIN . PAKISTAN ZINDA BAAD LOHORE PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ CELEBRT BASANT WID LOTS OFFFFF HALAGULLA.and the people who were againts thebasant same off them r our politicians.unnsay guzarish ha k logon kooo bomb or target killings say marney sai bahter yah hai kai wohh apney gher kee chaatoon paaa rahin orrr apney zindagey enjoy kareeny basant mana kar bajaie dog kei mott marein k.8 march is the daTE OF BASANT IN LAHORE AND I THINK ITS CONFORM.and if any buddy nows plz mail me at my l id salam king khan.MAY ALLAH SAVE PAKISTAN WID THE BLACK HAND OFF ASIFMURRDAARRY. AMEEN.AND PLZ PRAY FOR OUR PAKISTAN.              gomzee_2004@yahoo.com

  9. ager basant na hoi lahore main tu hum ne punjab goverment k phattey chuk deyney hai

  10. AOA
    I would like to ask people against this only live activity ‘what other cultural programs have you created for young people?’ Are there any nice play grounds and leagues where young people can join? Are there any recreational clubs where young people can play and make themselves physically fit? Have we designated any areas with respect to age?…..Answer is NONE
    Then why put ban on a festival which is for yound kids and which can be enjoyed only once per year.
    Give the people of Pakistan some break, they already work very hard they need some relaxment by only seeing some kites in the sky.
    For people putting ban please wake up and try to find ways to keep young generation of Pakistan busy, healthy and proud Pakistani’s, Wake up its time!
    I came to Canada pretty young and was complety blown away with the ways these countries have come up to keep young ones busy. Learn something please do not pressurize young pakistanis. Good luck!

  11. —————————————————-
    Every Body Must Read and Spread!Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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    Hi,
    Its Awais
    Maain apko Rawalpindi mei Basant aur Kite Flying K Baray mein btana chata ho.
    Rawalpindi mein Patang Bazi Ka Sirf Aik hi Store hai jahan se sb hridtey hain
    Woh hain “Puran Qila” Banni Chowk sse zra sa agye
    Main bhi wahan se ptang bazi ka samaan khridta ho rozana tkriban hazaroon ka kmatey hai
    Aj kal chonkke ptang bazi per pabandi hai is lia Police ko order hai k wo Ptang bazi ka samaan band krwa day
    Lakin yeh salay Qillay walon k sath milley huay hain
    Jab Qillay per rush bht ziada hota hai tou Qillay Waley(Kite Seller) Police ko Telephone krte hain Police 2, 3 Car lay kr ati hai aur phir sab bacho ko aik mein dalti hai aur aik main Ptang bazi ka saman aur sath hi bchon ko dikhaney k lia unka aik banda bhi lay jati hai aur Phir Police Station ja Kr Har bachey k walidain se tkriban Rs.5,000-Rs10,000 lati hai aur phir bchon ko chor deti hai.Phir Qillay ke bandon se Rs.40,000 leti hai(sirf dekaney k lia)
    Raat ko phir sara maal wapis kr deti hai aur adha rakh leti hai us adhe ko Garmion k season mein sell kr deti hai.
    Ptang bazi per pabandi ki wajah se Police ko double munafa horahah hai aik Hakomaty se Payment leti hai aur dosra Ptng bazon se
    Is lia meri ap sb se drkhwast hai k ap Jahan per bhi “Kite” k naam se koi chiiz dekhien tou wahan per yeh Comment Paste zroor krein takey Hakomat is K khilaaf action lay.
    Conatct:crystal_55@hotmail.com with subject “Kite”
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    Aur mere lehhaz se Lahore ke elawa baqi sheron mein Ptang bazi honi chaiye khas tor per Rawalpindi meoi Kio k yahan teeize dor ka istimaal nai hota
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    Maain yeh nai kehta k Lahore main Basant naai honi chaieye Purey Pakistan main honnio chiye lakin Chand shrait k sath takey.
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    Tak kay yeh Ptang Bazi ka tehwaar aik Khushi ka zria hi rahay na k Qatal-o-Gharatka zria
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    Reply me

  12. SALAM EVERY ONE SIR PLZ BASANT MANANE KI IJAZAT SIRF 2 DIN KE LIE DE DE SHABAZ SHARIF SAB AP KI MEHERBANI PLZ IJZAT DEDE KYO KOSHIH DEKHNE KE LIE ANKHE TARAS GI HAI PLZ FESTIVAL KI IJAZAT DE DE LAHORE KI SHAN HAI BASANT AP TO JANTE HAI PLZ OR AISE LOGO KI TARAF ACCTION LE JO DATI DORE USE KARTE HAI PLZ LAKIN FESTIVAL KI IJAZAT ZAROR DE APKI MEHRBANI HOGI KYO KE APTO PUJNJAB MAI HI RAHRE HAI APKO TO PATA HAI KE LAHORE KI SHAN HAI BASANT.

  13. Plz Shabaz Sharif sahab ijazat dedo lakin qawanin k sath aur un qawanin pr amal bhi krwaya jae.plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    nt only lahore bt also rawalpindi
    plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  14. i will die if you don’t give permission..:-(

  15. aik din bhi ijazat nhn dey sakty khud kaya kuch nhn karty…we will celebrate and we will fight this time with police…aisi ki taisi basant is must must must

  16. basant ki ijazat do warna governer raaj laga do gover ner zindabaad…shabaaz shaeef will lose popularity if dn’t permit us we will celebrate it chayie ijazat mila na mila in ki aisi ki tayise

  17. i want to say all the people of lahore that every cause of death on basant is the negligence of people because goverment already ban mototcycle on basant but the people still go on therefore all the blame of death suffer goverment this is against the law.plz be careful and follow the rules imposed by goverment on basant…..this the the best entertainment for lahores…plz think it…

  18. yar bsnt krni ha ya nai krni ik wari ds deo mara sir da wea v haga ha mara kol time nai haga

  19. yar mara v sir da via e basant karo ya na karo ma kira manane e

  20. yar basant zaroor hogi\\\\\\\\\

  21. hey plxx dun kanxel baxant….n we knw tat their r x0m rulex n all ov uxx xh0uld f0ll0w dexe rulex….
    agay hi pak may mushkl se koi festival changi trha manaya jata ha x0 plxx ix festival k0 kancel na krye fhnxx al0tt…
    we wana clebrate dix festival x0 kindly ix p bann na lgaaye shukrya..

  22. We wanna Basant at any cost.. We cann’t afford to lose it,, plz

  23. punjab assembly is playing games with us they are actually doing politics because election had come and they want achieve the trust of people that they are in favor of the peoples so that i dont think there will be a basant in lahore

  24. i wanna to say that there should be basanat festival in lahore .just one day permission for kite flying is admissible so govt should think postively aboyt this festival.

  25. a.o.a to all pakistan ham sub ki punjab hakomat sy apeal hai k basant sy pabandi hatam ho jai plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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