Punjab to celebrate Basant after PTI lifts ban

06:56 PM | 18 Dec, 2018
Punjab to celebrate Basant after PTI lifts ban

LAHORE – The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government in Pakistan’s biggest province, Punjab has decided to allow Basant festival celebrations in February.

Addressing a press conference at his Alhamra office in Lahore, Punjab Information Minister Fayazul Hassan Chohan said the government has decided in principle to celebrate Basant, adding that the event was the cultural festival of Lahore.

To a question, the minister said that exact date for the Basant festival would be announced in a few days, but it has been decided to celebrate Basant during the second week of February 2019.

To another question, he said there was no legal bar on celebrating Basant, adding that a Supreme Court verdict was also present in this regard.

About the pitfalls of Basant, the minister said a committee has been constituted to look into the negative aspects of observing Basant in the province, adding that the committee would submit its recommendations to minimize the dangers associated with Basant festival.

Chohan had already talked about different measures under consideration to make Basant safe for the general public. He said people had proposed to impose Section 144 on the Basant day and ban motorcycle riding for a day in order to save lives besides ensuring that kite-flyers did not use metallic wire or chemical twine.

Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that Punjab chief minister and the provincial government deserve appreciation over its decision to lift the 13-year-long ban.

The festival was banned in Punjab in both the tenures of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and former chief minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The Basant Kite Festival has been a historic spring time kite flying event during the Basant Panchami festival in the Punjab region in India and Pakistan. It falls on Basant, also called Basant Panchami. According to the Punjabi calendar it is held on the fifth day of lunar month of Magha (in late January or early February) marking the start of spring.

In 2005, the Supreme Court had also banned the festival over deaths caused by the use of sharp and glass coated strings. Several petitions challenging the ban were dismissed by the court.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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