KARACHI: Parliamentarians have asked the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) to revisit its decision to ban residents from hosting musical programmes and dance parities at their homes.
The National Assembly’s sub-committee of standing committee on defence, which met in Islamabad on Tuesday, also proposed that residents should not be obligated to take prior permission from DHA for holding wedding ceremonies.
“Not everyone can afford a club for wedding,” said MNA Nawab Abdul Ghani Talpur, the convener of the committee, before adding that the lawmakers have conveyed their displeasure to the DHA.
The housing society had issued a new set of guidelines that listed a number of permissible and prohibited activities.
While mehndis, nikkahs and birthday parties were allowed, musical and dance parties were banned. DHA’s vigilance staff had been directed to halt events that were being organised without prior permission.
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Talpur said that DHA had been asked to restrict the use of guns in its jurisdiction. “Aerial firing has become a serious problem, [specially] at wedding functions.”
Association of Defence Residents’ Asad Kizalbash said that lawmakers could not reach any decision over renting properties for commercial activities like shooting television serials, or organising movie screenings and parties.
There are close to 50,000 tax-paying households in DHA and Cantonment Board Clifton. While Kizalbash agreed that the practice was illegal, he added, “If a friend wants to use my lawn then there is no problem in that”.