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Women break male monopoly of raagi faqeers in Bhit Shah

Watch them recite Sufi raags in this video

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16 people injured at Pakpattan shrine in devotees’ rush to enter

The security gate was also broken at Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Masood Ganj Shakar’s 776th urs

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In Jhang, the pirs and Makhdooms have the vote

Jhang’s NA-114 is the prime example of how some Pirs and custodians of holy shrines use their religious followings to get elected. This time around Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat is standing on the PPP’s ticket while his opponent is PTI’s Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan. Makhdom is a title commonly used by families of custodians of holy…

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Bilawal orders probe into claims Imran barred from visiting shrine

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has taken notice of the news reports in a section of media claiming that PTI leader Imran Khan was restricted and not allowed to enter the shrine of Qalandar Lal Shahbaz in Sehwan on Sunday. The PPP Chairman has directed the Sindh government to form a…

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Marriyum condemns terrorist attack on Shrine in Jhal Magsi

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb has strongly condemned terrorist attack at a shrine in Jhal Magsi in which a number of precious and innocent lives have been lost and scores have sustained serious injuries. In a statement issued here Thursday, she said the shrines of saints were…

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Suicide attack kills 18 at Sufi shrine in Jhal Magsi

A suicide attacker blew himself up outside a Sufi shrine in southwest Pakistan Thursday, killing 18 people and wounding at least 27 others, officials said, as Muslims attended annual celebrations of a local saint. The incident follows a deadly bomb attack on the same shrine in the oil and gas rich Balochistan province in 2005,…

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Qalander Lal Shahbaz “Jhulelal” and Mysticism

By: Nazia Memon Every Sevestani (Sehwani) eagerly counts days the whole year to the 18th of Shahban (the eighth month of the Islamic lunar calendar) to celebrate annual Urs of Lal Shahbaz Qalander. I have witnessed the fusion of the feelings, a combination of mixed emotions, during the Urs period as we received relatives and…

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CM reviews investigation into Lal Shahbaz shrine blast

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday presided over an important meeting to review the progress of investigation into the blast at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalander. “I am committed to working out this case,” he emphasized, said a statement issued here late Tuesday night. The meeting was attended by Chief…

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Sheema Kirmani performs at Qalandar’s shrine in Sehwan

Pakistani classical dancer and rights activist Sheema Kirmani responded to terrorism in the Sufi way by performing at the Shrine of Laal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan. On Thursday, at least 85 people were killed and over 300 others injured in a suicide bomb explosion.

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Suicide blast footage at Lal Shahbaz shrine

Samaa has gained the clear footage of suicide blast at Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine. Thousands of visitors were gathered during the Dhamaal (dance). Watch video

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Kabul denies shrine attack executed from Afghan soil

Afghanistan on Friday rejected Pakistan’s stance that the recent suicide attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Pakistan was masterminded from Afghanistan soil. The presidential palace said in a statement Afghanistan has proven its honesty in fighting terrorism and now it is Pakistan’s turn to destroy terrorist safe havens on its own soil, according…

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Nisar orders opening of Islamabad shrine for faithfuls

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday directed quarters concerned to beef up the security despite closing for faithfuls in the federal capital. In a statement issued here, he expressed his repulsion over reported closure of a shrine in Islamabad due to security reasons. The move comes a day after a suicide bomber…

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US Ambassador to Pakistan grieved over Sehwan blast

    KARACHI: The Ambassador of United States of America to Pakistan, David Hale here on Friday expressed his grief over the loss of precious lives at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. Addressing the participants of a session held to hand-over U.S made electric locomotives to Pakistan Railways, he said the tragic incident witnessed…

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UN boss slams terrorist attack at Sehwan shrine

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has condemned the terrorist attack against Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in Sehwan and called on the Pakistan government to “swiftly” bring the perpetrators to justice. The deadly attack, claimed by ISIL/Da’esh, left many people dead and hundreds injured. It follows a suicide bombing at a rally in Lahore on Monday,…

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Sehwan blast: Security crackdown as Pakistan mourns 76 victims

SEHWAN: Pakistan launched a nationwide security crackdown Friday, officials said, after a bomb ripped through a crowded Sufi shrine, killing at least 76 people including 20 children and wounding hundreds. The Islamic State group (IS) claimed the attack, which came after a series of bloody extremist assaults this week, in the town of Sehwan in…

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IS claims suicide attack on Sehwan shrine

CAIRO: Banned militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for a suicide bombing in southern Pakistan, the group’s affiliated news agency AMAQ reported. The bombing killed at least 25 people at a crowded Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan and dozens more were wounded, according to local media. This week has seen a wave of…

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At least 25 dead in Lal Shahbaz Qalandar blast: eyewitness

At least 25 people were killed and over 100 were injured when a bomb ripped through crowded Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine, an eyewitness told SAMAA.

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Annual Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai begins

BHIT SHAH: A three-day annual Urs cerebrations of great Sufi Saint Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai started on Tuesday in the town of Bhit Shah in Sindh province with enthusiasm and fervour. According to a private news channel, thousands of devotees have already reached to pay homage to great mystic poet and participate in the…

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Pakistan condemns mosque, shrine attacks in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on Sakhi shrine and Charyar  Mosque in Kabul yesterday. The brutal acts have resulted in the loss of precious human lives and injuries to scores of innocent people. “We extend our profound condolences to the Government and the people of Afghanistan and sympathise with the families of those who lost their loved ones in these dreadful terrorist attacks, a statement by the Foreign Office said. “We…

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Islamic State claims bombings near Sayeda Zeinab shrine

AMMAN: Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide and car bomb blasts that struck a Damascus suburb on Saturday near Syria’s holiest Shi’ite Muslim  shrine, and a monitoring group said at least 20 people were killed. State television showed debris, mangled cars and wrecked shops in a main commercial thoroughfare near the Sayeda Zeinab shrine, in…

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Blasts close to Damascus’ shrine kill 60: ministry

BEIRUT/AMMAN: At least 60 people were killed and dozens wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in a district of Damascus where Syria’s holiest Shi’ite shrine is located, a monitor said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to Amaq, a news agency that supports the group. It said two…

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