Foundation Stone of Bridge at Aiman Wala Patan
Need of food, cloth, shelter more important, presently: Gilani BAHAWALPUR: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has reiterated his resolve to provide food, cloth and shelter to the masses and said that the need of the food, cloth and shelter was more than in the past. While addressing the groundbreaking ceremony of bridge at Jalalpur, Pirwala in Multan, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani in his address in Saraiki dialect has said that power and portfolios have no importance for them, as these were worldly and temporarily things. Government is committed on the agenda to serve the masses, he added. He expressed his pleasure that a Dervish (simple hermit) like him was going to inaugurate the bridge, which would open a new corridor of development in the area, besides factories will be set up and local of the area will have jobs soon. The construction of bridge also increase the property and land prices, he added. The bride will serve better traveling facilities to the passengers by reducing both their time and distance, he said. Prime Minister said that the inhabitants of Jalalpur had already been facilitated with the Sui gas. We are following the footsteps of late Benazir Bhutto i.e to serve the masses. Government has initiated Benazir Income Support Programme for the welfare of the poor persons. We have distributed 8000 forms to each MNA in this connection, he said, adding that government was also planning to provide poor families with health policy and insurance. Prime Minister further said that government wanted to give protection to the institutions, citing restoration of the judges besides also providing them salary packages. Earlier, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of new bridge linking Multan to Uch Sharif at Amanwala, Jalalpur Tehsil, situated some 100 kilometers away from Multan, Costing Rs.1.15 billion, which would will reduce the distance by 100 miles and save two hours of passengers traveling from Uch Sharif to Karachi and would be ready within time period of 18 months. Addressing the occasion, the State Minister for Communication, Imtiaz Safdar Warraich said that construction of 687 meters long bridge would reduce the traveling distance of Multan with the rest of the major cities and the bridge will have also 4.5 kilometer long approach. The bridge constructed over Sutlej River some 18 kilometers away from Jalalpur Pirwala. would link Jalalpur Pirwala with Uch Sharif. He further said that Lahore-Gujranwala section was also being transformed from four lanes to six lanes. Similarly, he said that dual line from Islamabad to Murree had already been completed and it would be further expanded to Muzaffarabad. The upgradation of Karakoram Highway is also in progress, he added. While the work on the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway M-1, Islamabad Motorway M-2, Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad Motorway M-3 and Karachi Northern Bypass M-10 and Faisalabad-Multan Motorway M-4 will also be likely to start soon
Last Updated (Monday, 13 April 2009 10:04)
Folk Festival "Mela Uch Sharif"
Uch Sharif: The mela (Folk Festival) is held in March/April. This year, mela started from 6th April, 2009 which is week long celebration and will continue till April 12, 2009. A large number of people from Southern Punjab come to the historic town Uch Sharif to pay homage to the great sufi saints of Uch Sharif. The mela is held to mark the historic congregation of sufi saints i.e. Hazrat Jalal ud Din Surkhposh Bukhari, Hazrat Farid ud Din Ganj Shakar, Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar and Hazrat Baha-ud-Din Zakrai Multani R.A, which was observed in 600 A.D, on the invitation of Hazrat Jalal ud Din Surkhposh Bukhari R.A. It is the old tradition of the centuries that people visit the shirne of Hazrat Jalal ud Din Surkhposh Bukhari and Hazrat Mehboob Subhani and other saints of Uch Sharif. Majority of the pilgrims and devotees of sufi saints spend all the day at the shirines and offer Friday Prayer at the historical Mosques. The participants, town people, visitors, devotees make folk dances, enjoy themselves Circus & traditional sports and play differnt traditional games. Traditional bazaars are set up, makeshift zoo, Death Well, Death Ring, Lucky Irani Circus, China Circus, Professor Shows, Magic Shows, Wait Lifting, tarzen swings for young children which increase joys of the people. In the older days, when the communication means were very poor, people used to stayed in town for more than a week to enjoy the mela but with the advent in transportation and communication means, the environment of the entire Folk Festival has changed. Now visitors return to their houses a night. Govt.of the Punjab was not willing to conduct the mela this year becuase of the security risks and prevalent terrorism wave which is heading towards the Southern Punjab. But latter on, Govt of Punjab allowed special permission to conduct the same by doing strict security measures. Inhabitants of the town are thankful to the Chief Minister for allowing special permission and providing additional security for taking personal interest in conducting recreational mela .
Last Updated (Saturday, 11 April 2009 09:35)
Visit of Deputy District Officer Health to Uch Sharif
Last Updated (Tuesday, 31 March 2009 11:10)
Urs of Sheikh ul Mashaikh Hazrat Ghulam Qadir Chishti Sabri R.A
Uch Sharif: The Urs of Sheikh ul Mashaikh Hazrat Ghulam Qadir Chishti Sabir is going to conduct from 07 March 2009 to 09 March 2009 in Uch Sharif like every year. Mehfil-e-Sama & Khatam-e-Khawjgan will be offered during the urs days. Followers are informed to attend the urs.
Last Updated (Thursday, 05 March 2009 11:57)
Repairs at bridge begin
BAHAWALPUR, Feb 15: The Punjab government has initiated repairs of the bridge over Head Panjnad near Uch Sharif, about 100 kms from here. An irrigation department source told Dawn on Sunday the repair work would cost an estimated Rs90 million and be completed within three months. (Thanks: The Dawn Lahore)