SOCIETY owes its existence to those among whom one exists and draws social, material, commercial and moral benefits during one’s lifetime. The same society is indebted to all individuals for a peaceful abode after their death. In the ever-expanding population of Karachi, the allocation for graveyard space is too short!

Here I will speak about the Clifton area comprising nine big blocks, having residential and commercial multi-storyed buildings, commercial areas, commercial highrise complexes and office buildings. A number of Kacchi Abadis are in its vicinity. Its length covers from the Defence Creek Club to Meriwether Tower and breadth covers from the Arabian Sea to Saddar.

Unfortunately, for such a large area, no graveyard has been provided by the metropolis planners nor has it got any consideration in the upcoming massive construction plans of this ever-expanding area. The expansion of this area is not landlocked, having a continuous reclaiming expansion over the sea.

So far, the Defence Graveyard was being used which itself is inadequate even for its own inhabitants. I came to learn from reliable sources that the Defence Authority has imposed restrictions for grave allocation except for its own residents. Where will non-residents be buried then?

Plans for a graveyard even seem to have escaped the mind of former mayor of Karachi, Mustafa Kamal, who delivered many public utility projects for the city. However, he can still be approached and consulted in his capacity as a senator.

Such an important issue also seems to have escaped NGOs like Edhi, Saylani and Aman which have been providing free food to the needy.

Many communities have made arrangements for their own private graveyards as far as Hub. However, graveyards need to be expanded.

The provincial government, the local government, philanthropists and public and private sectors should come up with some solution to this grave issue.

M. NASIM KHAN Karachi

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EQ8Rhomes
June 9, 2013 11:49 am
Strange: Even life-long homeless find a home in a grave plot upon death! Yet homelessness (Yes, for the LIVING) in India and Pakistan is endemic. India cremates. Greece has run out of burial land, and the rich bribe grave masters and displace the poor dead--all by the order of the G. Orthodox Church! Pakistan is looking for more cemeteries while the living struggle for homes! Ironic?
Muhammad Ahmed
June 8, 2013 5:25 pm
Corruption has not even spared the dead. Extortion is a norm in Karachi graveyards. Graves are re-sold by graveyard administration if a monthly bhatta is not given by the relatives.
Khan
June 8, 2013 6:46 pm
Ask arif alvi for a graveyard
EQ8Rhomes
June 9, 2013 11:43 am
Maybe there is an Islamic alternative to taking up valuable land for eternity for after-life care of human remains? How about burial on top of buildings so that Pakistanis can garden on the land God gave us?
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