The Rally of Sunni Ittehad Tahreek (SIT) is heading towards Lahore. – AFP Photo

LAHORE: Participants of the ‘Save Pakistan Long March’, launched in protest against terror attacks on shrines, safely reached Data Darbar here on Sunday night.

The march organised by some groups belonging to the Barelvi school of thought under the umbrella of Sunni Ittehad Council set off for Lahore from the Bari Imam shrine in Islamabad on Saturday and after passing through Jhelum, Gujrat and Gujranwala, terminated at its destination peacefully.

The participation in the car rally, however, was not very high because the Punjab government had detained scores of religious leaders on Saturday.

In Rawalpindi, police barricaded the Grand Trunk Road and fought a ‘brick battle’ with activists before allowing them to proceed towards Lahore.

However, the rally participants did not face hurdles during the rest of the journey and were given receptions in almost every town and city on the way. Strict security measures were taken to meet any eventuality.

In Lahore, police cordoned off Hazrat Ali Hajveri’s mausoleum, known popularly as Data Darbar, at 3pm and traffic on roads leading to it was blocked. At least 1,000 security personnel were deputed around the shrine.

The protesters were asked to get off their vehicles when they reached Azadi Chowk and requested to go to Data Darbar on foot.

However, MNA Fazl Karim, former federal minister Haji Hanif Tayyab and Sunni Tehrik’s Sarwat Ijaz Qadri were allowed to go to Data Darbar on their vehicles.

Outside the shrine, the Ulema delivered short speeches vowing to oppose those creating lawlessness in the name of Jihad. They also pledged to resist repeal of the blasphemy law.

Opinion

The risk of escalation

The risk of escalation

The silence of the US and some other Western countries over the raid on the Iranian consulate has only provided impunity to the Zionist state.

Editorial

Saudi FM’s visit
Updated 17 Apr, 2024

Saudi FM’s visit

The government of Shehbaz Sharif will have to manage a delicate balancing act with Pakistan’s traditional Saudi allies and its Iranian neighbours.
Dharna inquiry
17 Apr, 2024

Dharna inquiry

THE Supreme Court-sanctioned inquiry into the infamous Faizabad dharna of 2017 has turned out to be a damp squib. A...
Future energy
17 Apr, 2024

Future energy

PRIME MINISTER Shehbaz Sharif’s recent directive to the energy sector to curtail Pakistan’s staggering $27bn oil...
Tough talks
Updated 16 Apr, 2024

Tough talks

The key to unlocking fresh IMF funds lies in convincing the lender that Pakistan is now ready to undertake real reforms.
Caught unawares
Updated 16 Apr, 2024

Caught unawares

The government must prioritise the upgrading of infrastructure to withstand extreme weather.
Going off track
16 Apr, 2024

Going off track

LIKE many other state-owned enterprises in the country, Pakistan Railways is unable to deliver, while haemorrhaging...