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    Speech On Basant Festival In Pakistan

  • Basant Festival draws crowd to Lok Virsa

    ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa, organised a one-day Basant Festival on its premises on Sunday, the last day of the chunri and kite making training programme...

    The six-day training programme in chunri (tie-dye) and kite making to mark Basant, was part of a series of programmes that Lok Virsa organised under the title of ‘Craft of the Month’...

  • Basant ban and the loss of livelihood

    LAHORE: The Punjab government brought Basant to a drastic end in 2007 following deaths due to chemicalised twine...

    But the blanket ban did not only contain deaths, it affected every aspect of the huge informal industry that started functioning weeks ahead of Basant...

  • Basant and spring, a heady combination

    KARACHI: Despite basant and particularly kite-flying becoming a much polarised and politicised yearly event, the seasonal festival celebrations at the DA Country & Golf Club on Sunday saw family and friends gather together to celebrate the Basant & Spring Gala 2016 amid much fanfare...

    The festivities were as much an ode to the basant festival as they were in celebration of spring in Karachi which vanishes as quickly as it comes...

  • Lok Virsa celebrates Basant with song competition

    ISLAMABAD: Lok Virsa organised a Basant song competition on Sunday to celebrate spring, featuring several musicians from across the country...

    Executive Director Dr Fouzia Saeed said it was very important to celebrate traditional events such as Basant...

  • No more Basant...

    The grand finale tied to the sport and festival, Basant, meanwhile, has been replaced by a terrible, extremely painful and obviously unwanted annual exercise...

    Each year a few weeks ahead of February, the month when Basant used to take place, there is a flurry of totally unneeded activity...

  • Another year without Basant

    IN a tweet sent on Feb 7, Shahbaz Sharif reiterated his government’s policy of a “complete ban” on Basant in Punjab...

    The statement puts to rest months of speculation concerning a regulated revival of the festival...

  • Salam Basant

    Thinking about his promise two days after a minister in Punjab falsely declared a return of the great kite-flying festival, the progressive prime ministerial streak could soon have him talking fondly about Basant...

  • Basant means happiness and all it takes are a few precautions

    Every year instead of being happy as the people of this land automatically become once spring comes, we place bans of the festival of colour, of kites painting up the sky, of music and of good seasonal food...

    It surely does occur to every true Lahori just why do our religious ‘experts’, whom the establishment remains scared of, want Basant banned...

  • UK seeks Pakistan’s help in Altaf hate speech probe

    LONDON: Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has asked for Pakistan’s help to bring charges against MQM-London leader Altaf Hussain, according to documents obtained by Dawn...

    British authorities focus on violence associated with MQM-London leader’s remarksA British document sent to Pakistan on Aug 8 this year recounts how, after the Aug 22, 2016 speech, some of Mr Hussain’s supporters went on the rampage in Karachi...

  • Governor provided ‘oxygen’ to Altaf after his anti-Pakistan speech: Kamal

    KARACHI: Over seven months after his return to politics, former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal dropped another bombshell on Monday when he accused Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan of stopping several lawmakers from joining his Pak Sarzameen Party, indulging in massive corruption and providing “oxygen” to Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain after his Aug 22 incendiary speech...

    “He [Ibad] is providing oxygen to Altaf...

  • Pakistan to send Buddhist relics to Sri Lanka for festival

    COLOMBO: The government of Pakistan will provide bone relics of the Buddha to Sri Lanka for exposition throughout the country during the Buddhist festival of Vesak...

    The relics kept at the Taxila museum include two bone relics of Buddha, stone reliquary in stupa shape and a golden casket, the Pakistan Embassy said in a statement...

  • As Pakistan marches to modern time, the winter festival of Lohri falls off the calendar

    On the night of January 13, as one month ends and the other begins, from Poh to Magh, Punjabis celebrate the festival of Lohri, one of the most important seasonal festivals of the year, a festival that has died in the land of its birth...

    Not long after, at the end of this month and the beginning of the month of Phagun (mid-February), the splendid festival of Basant used to be celebrated in Lahore, before it fell victim to the...

  • Rising Pakistan children festival held in Hyderabad

    HYDERABAD: A large number of students of public and private schools were enthralled by daylong activities in a programme titled ‘Rising Pakistan Children Festival’ held at Mehran Arts Council Latifabad here on Saturday...

    Young actors staged dramas with a single theme of ‘Azeem Hamara Pakistan’and students delivered eloquent speeches on ‘Is Daur Mai Hai Talim Sei Amraz-i-Millat Ki Dawaa’ and ‘Hum Sei Hai Pakistan’...

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