The Punjab Auqaf Department sent a proposal to the provincial government for the expansion of shrine of great mystic poet and saint of South Punjab Khawaja Ghulam Fareed, situated in Kot Mithhan.

The expansion work, estimated to cost Rs30 million, includes construction of exit gate, widening of shrine’s courtyard, installation of water-tank, and more space for Namazis.

Thousands of devotees used to visit the shrine, especially on Fridays. The available space is less as compared to devotees strength during the prayers and people have to perform prayers at adjacent roads, said Auqaf XEN Manzoor Ahmed while talking to this agency, the other day.

He said the expansion of shrine’s boundary is the longstanding demand of the devotees. Mr Ahmed informed that devotees have to face difficulties at exit gate during Urs days. The local administration including DCO and DPO have expressed reservation over narrow exit passage and directed the Auqaf Department to install gate instead of door.

Hazrat Khawaja Ghulam Fareed was one of the most popular mystic poet and saint in South Punjab. Nawab of Bahawalpur Nawab Sadique was also devotee of the great saint and he laid railway track between Khanpur and Chachraan Sharif with an objective to ensure early access of people to the saint’s residence, informed Mr Ahmed.

Nawab Sadique also gifted historic “Indus Queen” ship to help devotees to cross Indus River in order to visit the saint. Secretary Auqaf Nayyar Iqbal took special interest and prepared proposal worth Rs30 million in this regard. The proposal has been sent to the Punjab government for approval.

Xen Manzoor hoped that the work on the scheme would begin soon after funds approval.