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A wedding event held at Lahore Fort’s 400 year old kitchen, In violation of the Punjab government’s regulations, on Thursday sparked public outcry after the pictures and videos of the event surfaced on social media.
After the news came out in public, chief minister and chief secretary took notice of the violation and ensured that a prompt action shall be taken against all those involved. Owing to this event, the Chief Secretary of Punjab has suspended the fort’s in-charge Bilal Tahir.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has regarded the Lahore Fort as an endangered monument and has included it in the list of World Heritage Site in Danger.
According to a tour guide who works at the fort said, while speaking to a local TV channel said “It was lying in ruins till 2014, when it was restored by the Walled City of Lahore Authority and opened to the public.” The authority is responsible for supervising the maintenance of Lahore’s old Fort.
The director general of the Walled City of Lahore Authority, Kamran Lashari, said that the event was limited within the boundary of Fort’s kitchen and that the rest of the Fort was not used for the event. He further added, “Company events are allowed at this venue. Also, the event of last night was not a wedding. I asked my people and they told me no stage was set up.”
On the other hand, however, it is important to note that the pictures posted on social media clearly showed that it was a Mehndi event which was held in the Fort’s 400 year old kitchen.
Later, Lahore Walled Authority tweeted, “It was an event by the Fatima Fertilizer Company and the permission was taken for the corporate dinner but they held this event and legal action is being taken against them.”