LAHORE - The three-day Urs of Hazrat Ali bin Usman Hajveri, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh, culminated Friday with special prayers for peace and prosperity in the country.

Thousands of devotees from across the country and abroad visited Data Darbar. Local holidays was observed in Lahore on the concluding day.

Spiritual sittings, free food distribution, milk stalls and Dhamaal were part of the festival. Religious leaders and custodian of different shrines delivered special lectures on promoting peace and harmony.

Punjab Minister for Auqaf and Religious Affairs Zaeem Qadri supervised the Urs along with the chairman religious affairs committee of the shrine and other officials of the Auqaf Department including Secretary Auqaf and Religious Affairs Nayyer Iqbal, Director General Auqaf and Religious Affairs Dr Tahir Raza Bukhari and other guests who attended the ceremony.

Besides a large number of religious scholars, the gatherings were specially attended by noted personalities. Different religious and spiritual sessions were presided over by Pir Syed Muzahir Ashraf, Pir Syed Khalilur Rehman Chishti, Allama Mazhar Saeed Kazmi, Mufti Munibur Rehman Hazarvi, Syed Ahmad Ashraf Shah, Ghulam Qutubuddin, Nazeer Ali Shah, Baqar Ali Shah while prominent among the participants were Khwaja Abul Khair, Samsam Ali Shah, Abdul Shakoor Hazarvi, Sufi Ashraf Masoomi, Siddiq Hazarvi, Mufti Khan Mohammad Qadri, Ashraf Asif Jalali, Prof ZAfarul Haq, Abdul TAwwab Siddiqi, Fida Hussain Shah, Hafeezullah Mehrvi, Mehmood Ahmad Qadri and others. They also offered special prayers for national security and prosperity and for the well being of Muslims and denounced the ongoing wave of extremism and terrorism in the country. Strict security arrangements were made during the event as uniformed and plainclothes policemen were deployed to avert any untoward incident.