MULTAN-The three-day celebrations of 775th annual Urs of saint Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya Multani commenced here on Friday. Sajjada nashin (caretaker) of the shrine PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi kicked off the urs proceedings and bathed the grave of the saint with rosewater in presence of ulama-o-mashaikh and thousands of faithful from across the country.
Later on, first session of National Zakariya Conference took place on the premises of the shrine while a mehfil-e-sama was also held after Isha prayer.
Meanwhile, District Coordination Officer Zahid Saleem Gondal visited the shrine and offered Fatiha. He visited camps set up by the Health and other departments and reviewed arrangements. Talking to the journalists, he said that the district government had made special arrangements to offer shelter and food for the faithful. He added that special security measures were also adopted.   
The second-day proceedings of the urs will begin with the second session of the conference which will be addressed by renowned scholars and clerics.