Takht Lahore brutality update: Shia graveyard to be demolished for Orange train line station

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Some of the country’s well-known artists, writers, poets and scholars are buried here. — Photos by Rahat Dar
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One of the oldest cemeteries of Lahore, situated close to Lakshmi Chowk, Mominpura Kabristan is today surrounded with banners that condemn the Punjab government’s plan to demolish a part of it, despite it being a waqf (dedicated) property, in order to build a station for the Orange Line Metro Train.

“Demolishing the graves is the agenda of the Taliban and Daish which our government is following now,” reads a banner. Another sees the plan as against the principles of Islam — “Islam does not permit demolishing graveyards and mosques to build other buildings,” it says.

According to Waqarul Husnain, a custodian of the cemetery, the historic graveyard is no less than 700 years old. It is a Shia community graveyard. Initially, the place was the tomb of a saint but it was soon converted into a graveyard. Today, there are around 10,000 graves in the cemetery. Some of the country’s well-known artists, writers, poets and scholars are buried here. These include poet Nasir Kazmi, former PAF chief Mushaf Ali Mir, musician and classical singer Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, his son Asad Amanat Ali Khan, novelist Riaz Batalvi, music composer Rasheed Atray, dramatist Imtiaz Ali Taj and his wife Hijab Imtiaz Ali. Some of the graves are hundreds of years old.

The locals say they would go to any extent to save the graveyard. The caretakers of the graveyard have already moved court and got stay. The next hearing on land acquisition is scheduled to take place on July 27.

The government is said to have announced that the graveyard shall not be affected, but no reassurances have come in black and white.

The Shia community leaders, in their statements, have made this clear that along with their living members their dead are also not safe. “The childish aspirations of Shahbaz Sharif are pushing the province to the edge,” says Imtiaz Ali, a Shia cleric.


The government is said to have announced that the graveyard shall not be affected, but no reassurances have come in black and white.

“We need to protect the graves,” comments Shamim Hussain, one of the caretakers of the graveyard. “One the one hand, the Punjab government is planning to build model graveyards and on the other hand it is demolishing the old ones in the name of development.”

It may be mentioned here that the Punjab government recently announced setting up model graveyards, called Shehr-i-Khamoshan (the city of the quiet), in Lahore. These are supposed to provide modern services related to burial.

“If the government did not exclude the graveyard space, we shall take to the streets after Ramzan at Lakshmi Chowk every day,” says Husnain, another cleric.

He maintains that the ruling PML-N leaders “got the inspiration to demolish tombs, mosques, holy places and graveyards in the name of development from the House of Saud [in Saudi Arabia]. We shall not let our city become a Saudi colony.”

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atensari

President (40k+ posts)
کیا دن آ گئے ہیں جمہورے جمہوریت پر فرقہ پرستی کا الزام لگا رہے ہیں
 

indigo

Siasat.pk - Blogger
when people die they go to barzakh body should go to soil... tombstones should be removed and made forbidden in Islamic Republic...
 

Altaf Lutfi

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
ھماری گز بھر کی زبان ایک سادہ سے معاملے کو بھی جلیبی بنا دیتی ھے، جب دلخراش قسم کی بولیاں ٖفضا میں گونجتی ھیں تو ایک ھی معاملے سے مختلف زاویوں سے جُڑے لوگ متحارب گروھوں کا روپ دھار لیتے ھیں، صلاح کاروں کی بن آتی ھے، انا کا غبارہ پھُولنے لگتا ھے اور ایک معاملہ سکون اور دانشمندی کے ماحول میں باھم صلاح مشورے سے سُلجھنے کی بجاےؑ چار اور قضیے کھڑے ھو جاتے ھیں، یہ ایک ایسے معاشرے کاا منظر ھے جہاں مدعی، حکومت، وزیرِ اعلیٰ اور ان کے مشیر ایامِ جہالت میں سانس لیتے محسوس ھوتے ھیں

اس قبرستان کے بارے میں ایک حساس معاملہ ھونےکی بنا پر شہباز شریف کی نگرانی میں سوچ بچار ھونا چاھیے تھی، پھر قبروں کی منتقلی ھی آخری حل تصور ھوتا تو مقامی لوگوں کو اعتماد میں لے کر حکومت اپنی دشواریاں سامنے رکھ کر لوگوں سے تجاویز طلب کرتی، تعاون کی اپیل کرتی، اس قبرستان سے درگزر کرنے کی اپیلیں اھلِ قلم بھی وزیرِ اعلیٰ سے کر چکے ھیں

کیوں ھر منصوبے کے ساتھ حکومت حد درجہ بد تمیز، اکھڑ، منہ زور اور عوام کو جوتے کی نوک پر رکھنے کا تاثر پیش کرتی ھے ؟ اللہ جانے لیکن جس طرح پیپلز پارٹی کا حشر اس عظیم جھُوٹ کی نفی کرتا ھے کہ زرداری بہت سمارٹ سیاستدان تھے، اسی طرح میاں صاحب کا متحرک ھونا، ان تھک ھونا تو ایک کھُلی حقیقت ھے لیکن مشاورت، دانش اور حکمتِ عملی والے خانے خالی لگتے ھیں
 

ThirdUmpireFinger

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
What more can the expect from Saudi funded political party ?

Graveyard can be moved. Even in villages people move graveyards when their is a landsliding or they want to build any path through graves. Why this graveyard can not be moved? Because they were shias and shias dead can not be move under shia religion?
 

UKHADU

Banned
Graveyard can be moved. Even in villages people move graveyards when their is a landsliding or they want to build any path through graves. Why this graveyard can not be moved? Because they were shias and shias dead can not be move under shia religion?


only if you send bodies to qarbala or najaf .
 
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