Lahore, Pakistan – Qasim Hussain, a vegetable vendor, was hopeful of celebrating Basant this year after Pakistan’s provincial government of Punjab announced the lifting of a 13-year-old ban on flying of kites.

But the decision was soon retracted, much to Hussain’s disappointment. He also claims he was arrested and beaten by the police last year for flying kites, a staple during Basant (spring festival).

In 2005, Pakistan’s Supreme Court imposed a ban on the manufacture,

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