Public outcry in Pakistan all due to a wedding reception at a heritage site


  • Pakistan
  • Saturday, 11 Jan 2020

Pakistani authorities were investigating how a fertilizer company managed to hold a large wedding reception at a centuries-old UNESCO heritage site, sparking a public outcry on Saturday (Jan 11).

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani authorities were investigating how a fertilizer company managed to hold a large wedding reception at a centuries-old UNESCO heritage site, sparking a public outcry on Saturday (Jan 11).

People expressed shock at the images of the reception held at the Lahore Fort, one of the masterpieces left behind from the Mughal rulers that once controlled the subcontinent.

The fort is situated in the north-west corner of Lahore's Old City and was destroyed and rebuilt several times by the Mughals during the 13th to 15th centuries.

The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) - the body responsible for protection and preservation of heritage sties - suspended an officer for negligence and registered a case against the wedding party's organizers, a WCLA spokeswoman told dpa on Saturday.

The fertilizer company had sought permission for a dinner of 100 people but it turned into a wedding event attended by some 400 people.

Such parties are forbidden at the Fort.

The WCLA asked police to register a case against the fertilizer company for violating the terms of the agreement as well as a law that prohibits ostentatious displays and wasteful expenses at marriage functions in the country.

There had been government and corporate events at certain locations in the sprawling Lahore Fort in the past, WCLA spokeswoman Tania Qureshi said. - dpa/Asian News Network
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