Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has announced to celebrate Ashura Shan-e-Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen (PBUH) from 1st to 12 Rabi ul Awal across Punjab. During this period, a host of celebrations will be held including the central Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen conference, international mashaikh ulema conference and Milad-e-Mustafa. Similarly, Na'atia mushaira, Na'at competition, calligraphic exhibitions will also be held at the provincial level. Special meals will be presented to inmates of old houses, orphanages, hospitals and shelter homes. Parliamentarians will attend ceremonies in their districts. A special documentary will be made and officials of law enforcement agencies will be given medals, attributed to Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen, for showing exemplary performance. While addressing a presser at his office on Friday, the CM maintained that no pen or words could ever express the esteemed reverence of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). It is a great honour and bliss for Muslims to praise Shan-e- Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen, he continued. 10 days is fixed to describe the Shan-e- Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen but I am of the considered opinion that celebrations spanning over 12 days are not enough for it, he maintained. We intend to sensitize the world that Muslims have the greatest respect for Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and His glorious honour is above any worldly act, the CM stated. 10574 Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen scholarships of Rs.27.38 crore have been awarded to needy students across Punjab and 677 PEEF scholarships will also be given under this program, he added. A total of 29142 Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen scholarships of Rs.83.40 crore will be given this year. Meanwhile, the CM said ‘Seerat Chairs’ have been established in Bahauddin Zakariya University, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Ghazi University DG Khan, GCU Faisalabad, University of Chakwal and Okara University to conduct funded research. An effort has been made to include people from all walks of life to take part in the celebrations of Ashra Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen, he said. The government was fully committed to sensitizing the younger generations about the blessed way of life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and it is hoped that the media fraternity will extend support to this effort, the CM stated and maintained that this act will give a message to the world that respect and honour of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) are beyond anything. Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is the last of the holy Prophets and all the worlds can be sacrificed over the respect and honour of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), he repeated. Replying to media questions, the CM said celebrations will be held in all 36 districts adding that 50 crores rupees were earmarked for Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen scholarships the previous year while this fund is increased to one billion rupees this year.
There is no shortage of funds for celebrating Ashra Shan-e-Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen, he affirmed and added that a package would be announced for jail officials and inmates. Notices were issued to some Secretaries for less utilization of ADP funds as the government was emphasising timely and correct utilization of such funds, he remarked. However, the best performers will be encouraged, he responded. To another question, the CM said Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan, being Minister for Jails, is doing a good job. Far-reaching reforms have been introduced in prisons which have not been done in a century, he maintained. Hasaan Khawar is given the responsibility of the vacant post of SACM. Ministers' performance was regularly monitored and this government’s achievements are much better than previous tenures, he added. Every step will be taken to overcome price-hike and districts' performance will be monitored while further improving the price-control mechanism, the CM stated. The best performing districts will be rewarded while poor performers will be held accountable because the government is committed to serving the masses, concluded the CM. Provincial Ministers Raja Basharat, Saeed ul Hassan Shah, Raja Yasir Humayun, Murad Raas, SACM Hasaan Khawar, secretaries of Auqaf, HED and SED departments and others were also present.