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Spring festival fails to feature farm products

Spring festival fails to feature farm products

OKARA: The 20-day Jashan-i-Baharan or spring festival concluded here on Wednesday with a big sports show at the district stadium by students of six schools for children with special needs.

They took part in a race, a wheelchair race, a song competition, a tableau and a march past.

In the festival, held in Okara, Renala Khurad and Dipalpur, the programmes featured were a dog show, a shab-i-ghazal, a singing competition, matches of kabaddi, cricket and football, a flower show, and competitions for speech, essay writing and instrumental performance.

A large number of people, especially students, participated in the festival.

The festival did not recognise agriculture produces such as potato, maize and vegetables, livestock and agricultural equipment. In the past, these items used to be exhibited in such events.

Okara is among leading districts for rich livestock. Similarly, fancy horse show was missing.

The district coordination officer said that due to some security hazards, several events could not be included in the festival.

BAR: The District Bar Association, in a general house meeting, decided on Wednesday to continue their boycott of courts till the district and sessions court judge and district police did not mend their attitude towards lawyers.

The meeting was addressed by Haji Khalid Saeed, SH Najamul Saqib, Chaudhry Abbas Ali Batalvi and Izharul Haq Toor.

Punjab Bar Council members Akhtar Husain Bhatti and Syed Ali Riaz Kirmani were present.

The lawyers have been on strike for four days.

They allege that judges misbehave with them. They are also protesting against police for, what they say, implicating lawyers Atif Raza and Mian Asif Iqbal in cases.

They say District Police Officer Muhammad Faisal Rana had promised to release Mr Riaz, who is held in a double murder case. But still he has not released the lawyer.

Published in Dawn, April 30th, 2015

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