MULTAN

The three-day 776th annual Urs of saint Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya Multani will begin here on Wednesday (today) and continue till Friday.

Spokesman for Pakistan Zakariya Academy Dr Siddiq Khan Qadri told the journalists on Tuesday that the Urs would begin with the bathing ritual during which the grave of the saint would be washed with rosewater by the caretaker (sajjada nashin) of the shrine Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Makhdoom Wajahat Hussain Gillani.

Similarly, the first session of National Zakariya Conference will take place on the first day with Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the chair while former federal minister Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Mufti Hidayat Ullah Pasroori and other personalities will deliver their speeches. The first day proceedings will end with a mehfil-e-sama and Qirat competition in the night.

The second day of Urs will begin with the second session of the Zakariya Conference while the Urs proceedings will end on the third day with the concluding session of the conference on Friday.

Meanwhile, a large number of faithful from different parts of the country especially Sindh have started reaching Multan to attend the Urs. Strict security arrangements have been made at Qila Qasim Bagh in view of law and order situation. The devotees from other parts of the country have been offered stay facility at different schools near Qila Qasim Bagh.

SURVEY TO LOCATE DANGEROUS BUILDINGS LAUNCHED: The district administration launched a survey to locate decaying and dangerous buildings in Multan. Sources said that the survey had been launched on the directives from the provincial government and all the four towns had been asked by the district government to acquire the construction plans and NOCs of all commercial and private buildings. Sources added that the provincial government had also sought details of government offices and residences.

Meanwhile, the district administration is learnt to have decided to launch a big operation to demolish all buildings constructed without approval. Sources said that action would be taken against the owners of such plazas that caused traffic issues in the city.