LAHORE - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has announced that a Basant festival will be held in Lahore.

He made the statement while addressing at the inaugural ceremony of Punjab Youth Festival on Saturday. Hamza Shahbaz said Basant would be made part of sports festival, adding that the provincial government had a plan to revive Basant culture. He also said legislation would be made for the restoration of sports grounds.

Earlier, Sports minister Rana Mashood also confirmed that a seven-day Basant festival will be organized under the banner of Punjab Youth Festival 2013-14.The festival is scheduled to start from December 23 in Changa Manga, Lahore. Special trains would run from Lahore to Changa Manga in this regard.