The female activists of Jamaat-e-Islami Multan held a Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat rally here on Wednesday.

The rally began from Nawan Shehr Chowk and ended at Multan Press Club. Dozens of women led by JI Women Wing South Punjab Nazima Rafia Fatima marched on the road and chanted slogans against those who committed blasphemy. They were also holding placards and banners inscribed with different slogans.

Speaking on the occasion, Rafia Fatima and others said that the publication of blasphemous sketches was a conspiracy of the Jews. They said that the rulers of Muslim states exhibited cowardly behaviour on the issue but the Muslims were ready to sacrifise their lives. They demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Saudi rulers should play a key role on the issue and raise a voice at international level for promulgation of laws against blasphemy.

JASHAN-E-BAHARAN: The four-day colourful Jashan-e-Baharan will begin at Qila Qasim Bagh from March 21, said District Coordination Officer (DCO) Zahid Saleem Gondal on Wednesday.

He added that the celebration will be held to give the citizens an amazing recreational opportunity as big screen would be installed to screen world cup matches live. It will offer a variety of colourful activities and festivities to the citizens. The DCO added that besides traditional sports, many other activities like flower exhibition, musical concerts, Mushaira and shows for the entertainment of children will also be held during the event. He said that the flower exhibition will be held on Humayun Road.

He further revealed that about 200,000 saplings would be planted in Multan this spring to turn the town green. He added that the plants would be planted in every nook and corner of the city. He urged upon the citizens to step forward and join hands with the district administration in this mission to turn Multan green. “Each citizen should plant at least one sapling,” he suggested. He said that no one would be allowed to develop encroachments in any area of Multan and instead green belts and parks would be developed at open spaces.

He said that another revolutionary programme to promote kitchen gardening had also been kicked off in Multan. He said that the citizens could get fresh and organic vegetables through this programme. He said that the packet containing  the seeds of a number of vegetables and fruits was being offered at a nominal price of just Rs50 to the citizens. He said that all offices of Agriculture Department had been turned into Kitchen Gardening Centres and the citizens could get seeds from these offices.