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Pakistani Sufi followers gather at the Data Darbar complex during the three-day annual 'Urs' religious festival in Lahore on October 28, 2018. - The Data Darbar complex contains the shrine of Saint Syed Ali bin Osman Al-Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh. (Photo by ARIF ALI / AFP) — AFP or licensors

Data Ganj Bakhsh's 975th annual Urs begins in Lahore

Thousands of people travel from all over the country to attend the celebrations which last for three days.
Published Oct 29, 2018 12:23am

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Sunday inaugurated the 975th annual Urs of Hazrat Ali bin Usman Al-Hajveri, popularly known as Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh (RA) at Data Darbar in Lahore.

“Islam gives a message to serve people and to create facilities for them,” Nisar said.

The chief justice said there were a number of things in the country which needed to be corrected, “we have to express our love for the country by discharging our duties honestly”.

“I feel as now Pakistan is heading forward and if collective efforts will be made with sincerity, the country will soon achieve the goal of development”, he said.

CJP Nisar congratulated the organisers for making good arrangements for the event.

The chief justice laid traditional Chadar on the grave of the sufi saint. Later, prayer was offered for peace, progress, and prosperity of the country.

Thousands of people travel from all over Pakistan to attend the celebrations which last for three days.

A devotee arrives with clay-lamps during the celebrations of the three-day annual festival of famous saint Hazrat Data Ganjbaksh at his shrine in Lahore. —AP
A devotee arrives with clay-lamps during the celebrations of the three-day annual festival of famous saint Hazrat Data Ganjbaksh at his shrine in Lahore. —AP

Sufi disciples light lamps at the Data Darbar complex during the three-day annual 'Urs' in Lahore. —AFP
Sufi disciples light lamps at the Data Darbar complex during the three-day annual 'Urs' in Lahore. —AFP

Sufi followers enter the Data Darbar during the three-day annual 'Urs' religious festival in Lahore. —AFP
Sufi followers enter the Data Darbar during the three-day annual 'Urs' religious festival in Lahore. —AFP

Thousands of people travel from all over Pakistan to attend the celebrations which last for three days. —AFP
Thousands of people travel from all over Pakistan to attend the celebrations which last for three days. —AFP

A sufi follower performs at the Data Darbar complex during the three-day annual 'Urs' religious festival in Lahore. —AFP
A sufi follower performs at the Data Darbar complex during the three-day annual 'Urs' religious festival in Lahore. —AFP

Sufi disciples light lamps at the Data Darbar complex during the three-day annual 'Urs' in Lahore. —AFP
Sufi disciples light lamps at the Data Darbar complex during the three-day annual 'Urs' in Lahore. —AFP