LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Monday gave a go-ahead to the dancing girls to perform live on stage by suspending LHC single bench's decision that had imposed complete ban on dance performances in theatres throughout Punjab. "There is no law in the country that disallows live dance performance on stage. It is an art which has centuries old tradition, remarked Justice Sh Azmat Saeed, senior judge on the bench while granting interim relief to appellant. The bench also issued notice to the Punjab govt for Dec 15. At the start of proceedings, law officer opposed the appeal preferred against single bench's November-12 order on the ground that it is spreading vulgarity in the society. Justice Azmat Saeed did not agree with him and remarked, "Does the Punjab government know the meaning of vulgarity?" The judge said the Punjab government had adopted a double standard in the case as it took no action against the performers of World Art performing Festival but launched a crackdown against theater owners to stop theatrical performances with immediate effect. The judge asked the law officer if the government would also restrain the Chinese delegation from performing in Pakistan in the wake of ban on dance and if they would not dance during their shows. Thousands of devotees dance hysterically on drumbeats at shrines of saints throughout Pakistan. Did their dance not fall under the category of "banned dance" and if so, why were they not booked and arrested? the judge quizzed. Justice Khurshid Anwar Bhinder had imposed ban on dance performance on the stage and a local stage-drama producer Zaheer Hussain Adil had challenged the ban through an intra-court appeal. A bench comprising Justice Sh Azmat Saeed and Justice Syed Asghar Haider also suspended the May-17 order of the Punjab Art Council under which the dance performances from the script of a drama was removed. The appellant's counsel Imran Aziz Khan pleaded the Nov-12 judgment of the single bench is in conflict with the earlier judgments of high court that clearly stated that songs and dances in theatrical performances may not be banned out-rightly. It said dance is a recognised form of art and it could not be banned. He said on one hand the government was facilitating the participants of the World Performing Art Festival but on the other hand showed prejudice against the poor artists. He said banning dance is also violation of fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution. He said it was primary duty of the government to control obscenity in the society which it badly failed. Petitioner has prayed to the court to set aside the order of the single bench by accepting his appeal and the impugned notification also be set aside as being without lawful authority and of no legal effect.