Sad state of graveyards.

ìAiy duniya ke musafir manzil teri qabar hai.î

Mumtaz ñ a neighbor passed away today after six years brave fight with cancer. Nevertheless, cancer won. Religious, polite and someone who would mind his own business. He would be the one to walk forward and say Hello even if you are half of his age and call you with your last name along with Sir or ëSahabí attached. He left behind a 13 year old son and a widow. May his soul rest in peace. Amen. AnywayÖ

Yet again had a chance to visit a graveyard (the one near Hassan Squire) and what a pity. It is already overcrowded and officially closed for any new graves. (So are the many others in the city) But what options do we have? There are no lights, no directions, and no proper roads or walking passages, often you have no other choice but to jump over the graves. And then the beauty of it, a gutter lineís ëNaalaí flows right in the middle of the graveyard, perhaps thousands of graves are less then a meter away from the gutter line.

Other graveyards are probably worse and with the cityís population in mind, Karachi desperately needs a new organized graveyard soon.

4 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on October 25th, 2005 @ 1:56 am

    You have raised a valid problem, overcrowded is an understatement as each and every inch that can be used as been found amongst the thousands. And one does wonder how will you find more.

    The problem is more deeper, as per Islamic belief once you bury the person, the grave is a simple mound of earth, no garnishing, tomb stones or palaces will serve the soul – unlike the graves you see here – which are literally Palaces occupying precious burial area.

    If I am not mistaken 4-5 years or more old graves should be carefully re-earthed and hence create space for more sites, but try doing that in Pakistan you will have an Islamic Civil war against it. I wish you could knock some sense into the ritualistic Islamic mullah preaching such an Islam

  2. mohummed (unregistered) on October 25th, 2005 @ 12:59 pm

    Yeah one of my relative who was DSP expired in april. believe me his grave was made abt 3 feet above ground in defence view grave yard. according to sextons they had to make it so high coz they sink under earth within a year or two.

  3. kristy (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 12:04 am

    i am desperately seeking to find mr. shahid ali in the village of khair bar in haripur pakistan. he is the son of mohammed iqbal. im in the US and my resources here are limited. please if any one can assist me, please email me asap.

  4. kristy (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 12:04 am

    my email is

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