As many as 25 deserving couples tied the knot at a simple but impressive mass wedding ceremony held here at a local gymnasium on Friday.

The mass wedding ceremony was organised by Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad Zargar, a Uganda-based local businessman and President Pakistan Association of Uganda.

The brides were provided with dowry worth Rs100,000 each. More than three 3,000 guests including family members of the brides and grooms attended the wedding lunch.

The ceremony was attended among others by former MNA Ch Mehdi Hassan Bhatti, former Federal Minster Ch Liaqat Abbas Bhatti, former Provincial Minster Ch Shoukat Ali Bhatti, former district nazim Ch Mubashar Abbas Bhatti, PTI MPA Shaneela Root, PTI District President Amanullah Sandhu and a large number of local journalists.

On the occasion, Ch Liaqat Abbas Bhatti, Ch Mehdi Hassan Bhatti and others appreciated the noble gesture of Sheikh Rasheed Zargar and urged other well-to-do and philanthropists to follow suit.

PROTEST AGAINST SEWAGE: The dwellers of street of PML-N MPA Malik Fiaz Ahmad Awan in Garhi Awan have protested against the indifferent attitude of the TMA staff for not arranging sanitation in the locality.

They said that the sewage water accumulated in the locality for the past over a week due to choking of sewerage system mainly due to negligence TMA staff. The dwellers have been facing a lot of hardship and inconvenience due to the sewage water and they have to wade through inches of dirty water. They have called upon the TMA Administer and the MPA to take pity on them and to relieve them from stagnant water.

It is pertinent to mention here that the MPA belongs to PML-N and his nephew Malik Phool Ahmad Awan has also been working as an unofficial Administer of the TMA.