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Pakistan: Ban on Basant to be lifted

ANI  |  Punjab [Pakistan] 

The Pakistani province of will be celebrating in the second week of February next year, as the government here has given permission to celebrate the festival.

The festival was banned by the in 2005.

"This historical cultural festival of will be revived, and InshaAllah we will celebrate in the second week of February," quoted Punjab's for Information and Culture Fayyazul as saying.

The ban was imposed after citizens lost their lives across the province due to recurring mishaps during the festival including the sharp strings which slit the throats of the victims, the death of civilians due to celebratory gunshots being fired and fatal falls from rooftops.

The festivities will be strictly monitored to prevent the mishaps from occurring when the festival is revived next year.

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First Published: Wed, December 19 2018. 07:30 IST