Cemetery Ordeals

While I am the only one in my immediate family who is willing to travel halfway across the city to what is now becoming our family graveyard, it is truly a harrowing experience for more reasons than the sentimental ones. Karachi’s graveyards are completely FULL – all new graves are being dug up in spaces where graves already exist but have not been fortified in concrete or marble. Graves are built side by side by side, which means that there are no pathways to walk through, and if you have to visit a grave which is not at the very edge, it entails jumping over graves, stepping on the kacchi ones, and praying each second that God will forgive you for disturbing everyone’s eternal rest. There is no place to sit and offer prayers either. The older parts of some graveyards, for example, Sakhi Hasan, are more well planned though and there is actually space to walk through.

The CDGK definitely needs to allot land for newer graveyards, given the increasing population in the city. Its a pity Governments don’t care about the ordeal most people have to go through, even if a grave is just a symbolic reminder.

3 Comments so far

  1. MAHBOOB AHMAD (unregistered) on August 21st, 2005 @ 5:15 pm


  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on August 21st, 2005 @ 7:51 pm

    Saba, you are not alone in your ordeal. Every year I too, visit my Grandfather’s grave, which is situated in a graveyard in an area which is accessible through the S.I.T.E. area (don’t remember the area’s name). I also regret going to such graveyards, where there isn’t any walking space and almost all the time I am appologizing to God for forgiving me if I do step on anyone’s eternal resting place.

  3. misha (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 7:15 pm

    You are certainly not alone. Every Shab-e-mairaaj, I go to the overcrowded cemetary to visit the graves of several relatives and get a chill thinking about the thousands who must lie below the current graves, forgotten.

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