LAHORE - Following the posting of Shahid Mehmood, an officer of grade 20 holding additional charge of the Secretary Auqaf, as Islamabad Chief Commissioner the other day, the post of the Secretary Auqaf having vital importance under present circumstances is lying vacant, and no incumbent has since been posted. Virtually the Department was without a Secretary since the past eight months when the then Secretary Khyzer Hayat Gondal proceeded on training in April last. He was later posted as the Federal Secretary. The additional charge of the post was given to various secretaries including Qazi Afaq Hussain and Shahid Mehmood. However, three names are under consideration by the government for the post of the Secretary Auqaf ie, Najam Saeed, Member Board of Revenue, Javed Iqbal Awan, once Secretary Auqaf Punjab and currently an OSD, and Fazal Abbas Maikan. Both Najam Saeed and Javed Iqbal Awan are potential candidates while the Maikan has tendered his inability to work for the Auqaf Department. Meanwhile, three mega events to be looked after by the Auqaf are fast approaching with the advent of the holy month of Moharram-ul-Haram from the Friday next. On the third of Moharram, the annual Urs of Hazrat Baba Farid (RA) will begin at Pakpattan, which will continue till 10th of Moharram. The annual 'ghusal ceremony of Syedna Ali Bin Usman Hajveri (RA) will be held on 9th of Moharram. Hundreds of thousand of people gather at these ceremonies and the Auqaf in collaboration with other provincial departments have to make elaborate arrangements for the convenience of devotees, and also to keep vigil for the maintenance of sectarian harmony and peace. The first ten days of Moharram are the most sensitive period, and a challenge for the government to preserve sectarian peace, which is carried out at the platform of the Ittehad Bainul Muslimeen in addition to law-enforcement agencies. The recent meeting of the Ittehad Bainul Muslimeen was chaired by the Chief Minister Punjab, where Ulema of opposite sects clashed with each other during the meeting.