975th Urs of Data Ganj Bakhsh begins tomorrow

Pic27-003 LAHORE: Oct 27 – A beautiful view of the shrine of Hazrat Ali Hajveri (RA) illuminated with colorful lights on the occasion of his 975th annual Urs ceremony. ONLINE PHOTO by Sajid Rana

LAHORE: The district administration has finalised all arrangements for the three-day 975th annual Urs of Hazrat Ali bin Usman Al-Hajveri, popularly known as Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh, commencing on Sunday.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar will inaugurate the Urs celebrations by laying a floral wreath on the shrine of the 10th-century saint.

Free food stalls would be set up at designated places for the general public attending the Urs celebrations. Food would be doled out around-the-clock among the visitors and devotees.

Police have also put in place strict security arrangements for the annual Urs.

Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) B A Nasir, while addressing a meeting on Saturday, said that additional police officials, under the supervision of SPs, would be deployed to maintain three-tier security at the shrine.

Police personnel would also be deployed on nearby rooftops to keep an eye on any suspicious activity and Dolphin Squad as well as the Police Response Unit would patrol the area to deal with any untoward incident.

Search and sweep operations would also be conducted in nearby areas and hotels, whereas cameras have been installed for monitoring of the area.

The devotees would be allowed to enter the shrine only after clearance and their checking by metal detectors at the entry points would be ensured.

Lady police constables would also be deputed in the premises reserved for women.