The government of Punjab has decided not to celebrate the famous Punjab festival, Basant in Lahore this year.
Taking back its previous decision to lift the 12-year ban on the festival, the government said it would take four to six more months to prepare for a Basant festival free of any dangers.
This was decided on Wednesday during a meeting presided over by Punjab Senior Minister Aleem Khan.
Around six months will be needed to arrange a safe Basant festival, Khan said, adding that if all institutions fulfilled their responsibilities, it would be possible to celebrate festivals such as Basant.
He said the decision was being made in the public’s interest.