LAHORE, Oct 12: On the appeal of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, a prayers day was observed on Friday at the government and non-government level across the province for the early recovery of Malalah Yousafzai.
A special prayer was held at Model Town in which Shahbaz Sharif, MNA Pervaiz Malik, several government officers and citizens also participated.
PTI: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf activists held Quran khwani and dua for the early recovery of Malala and her two fellow students.
The dua was followed by a protest to censure the government’s inability to safeguard and protect the lives of innocent people.
Maleeha Husain, Talat Naqvi, Shahnaz Perveen and others raised their voice against the attacks on schools in tribal areas as well as settled areas of the KPK.
Meanwhile, prayers continued to be held in educational institutions while civil society organisations organised candle-lit vigils against the brutal attack and the speedy recovery of girls’ rights activists Malala.
Activists of the Child Rights Movement, Idara-i-Taleem-o-Aagahi, National Commission for Justice and Peace, South Asia
Partnership and Safma staged a protest demonstration and candle-lit vigil at Charing Cross.
They demanded the arrest of assailants who fired gunshots on Malala and prayed for her swift recovery.
Religious parties: Various religious parties held special ceremonies to pray for the recovery of Malala.
MWM: The Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen organised a special prayer ceremony at its provincial secretariat.
Speaking on the occasion, MWM leaders Abdul Khaliq Asadi, Haidar Ali Mirza, Zulfiqar Asadi, Asad Abbas Naqvi and others said the attack on Malala proved that terrorists involved in such terror activities were not Muslims at all.
They urged the government to initiate extensive efforts in eliminating terrorist groups targeting innocent children like Malala and her fellows just to sabotage the on-going peace and educational activities in Swat and other conflict zones.
SIC: The Sunni Ittehad Council observed Friday as Youm-i-Muzamat (day of condemnation), seeking arrest of the militants involved in attacking Malala.
According to a press release, SIC workers held a special meeting and termed the attack un-Islamic.
JUD/JI: Jamatud Dawa and Jamaat-i-Islami workers also prayed for the early recovery of Malala in Friday prayers.
The prayer gatherings were led by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and JI Amir Syed Munawwar Hasan at Jamia Qudsia and Mansoora mosque, respectively.
BISE: A prayer session was held at the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education where all board employees, including the chairman, secretary and the controller of examinations participated.
They condemned the terrorist attack on the life of Malala who was awarded a national award by the Pakistan government.
They prayed for the wellbeing and early recovery of the girl from lethal wounds.
Board Chairman Nasrullah Virk said Malala was a representative of young girls throughout the Muslim world and was a ray of hope for young girls in the field of education.
PEF: A special prayer meeting was held at the head office of the Punjab Education Foundation which was attended by its officers and staff.
Special prayer was offered for the early recovery of student Malala Yousafzai.
GCU: A special prayer was held at teh Government College University after Friday prayers for the early recovery of Malala and peace in Pakistan.
GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman and head of all academic departments attended the special prayer.
LCWU: Students, faculty members and non-teaching staff of Lahore College for
Women University held a peaceful protest demonstration against a terrorist attack on rights activist Malala Yousafzai and prayed for her speedy recovery.
Addressing students, Vice-Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor strongly condemned the attack on Malala and demanded of the government to punish culprits.
Registrar S. Banjamin said that footprints of Malala would stay green as she lived for others and had worked for the welfare of the community. Students observed candle-lit vigil in support of Malala.
CDGL: All offices/departments of the City District Government of Lahore observed Friday as Pray Day for the early recovery of Malala and her two fellows.
Entire CDGL departments, including education, health, public health, transport, finance, planning, municipal services, community development and social welfare, held special meetings and prayed for the recovery of innocent Malala and her fellow students.
They also condemned attack on the innocent children carrying a flag of peace, religious harmony and promoting education in Swat valley.
A special meeting was also held at the DCO office where officials prayed for the early recovery of Malala and her fellows.
The participants paid rich tributes to the struggle of Malala for promoting peace and education.
Later, the DCO also visited the Badshahi Mosque to participate in a prayer ceremony for the brave daughter of the nation.
Accompanied by various officers of the CDGL and public representatives, he said Malala is a national hero.
“Since she has worked hard for the promotion of education in the Swat valley without fearing Taliban, we should not only pay her tributes but also raise our hands for her early recovery,” he added.
LDA: Various offices and schools of the Lahore Development Authority also observed Youm-i-Dua amid special prayers for the recovery of Malala.
Special ceremonies/meetings were held at LDA offices in Johar Town and Egerton Road where the officials prayed for her health.
Scores of students in LDA schools in Allama Iqbal Town, Johar Town, Sabzazar and Gulshan-i-Ravi prayed for Malala during
WASA: Various offices of Wasa also arranged meetings to pay a tribute to Malala and pray for her early recovery.
In a special meeting presided over by Wasa Managing Director Mian Abdullah, participants were of the view that terrorists, through such an attack, could not stop those who were promoting peace and education in the country.