LAHORE:(APS) December 11, 2014:The 971st “Urs” celebrations of of Syed Ali Hajveri, Hazrat Daata Ganj Bakhsh (RA), commenced in Lahore on Thursday. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar attended inaugural ceremony of the 3-day celebrations, laying floral wreath at the shrine of Hazrat Daata Ganj Bakhsh and offering dua for the well being of Pakistan. He also inaugurated the traditional milk sabeel.
Punjab Minister for Auqaf and Religious Affairs, Ata Muhammad Manika, Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yaseen, senior officials of the Auqaf Department were also present.
Finance Minister on the occasion said our success lies in following the teachings of the sufis who played a great role in spreading Islam in the sub-continent.
Thousands of devotees from all over the country are participating in the celebrations with traditional zeal and fervour.
Hadrat Daata Ganj Bakhsh, the great sufi of the sub-continent was born at Hajver, a town of Ghazni in Afghanistan, in 1000 AD (400 H) and passed away in Lahore in 1063 or 1071 AD.