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Attock: Christians protest against encroachment on graveyard land

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On November 25, Sunday the Christian community of Attock staged a peaceful protest demanding action against the encroachers who has illegally seized land belonging to Christian graveyard. Christians are irked by encroachers who are causing nuisance during the burials.

Gora Qabristan in Attock

Christians in Pakistan has previously reported that Gora Qabristan (graveyard) located at Fateh Jang chowk , Attock cantonment is facing menace of encroachment. In this regard, local pastor Reverend Javed Johnson has already sent applications to authorities urging that timely action is needed to retrieve land of this historic graveyard.

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In this regard, a peaceful protest was organized, where local Christians gathered to attract attention of the authorities towards their problem. On Sunday, former Member of Provincial Assembly MPA Syed Ejaz Hussain Shah Bukhari visited the Christians and assured all possible help in this regard. Syed Raza Haider Naqvi District Correspondent of the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) also visited the Christian community and discussed their problem.

The Assistant Commissioner of Attock met with the protestors and held talks with them. He assured that action will be taken against the illegal encroachment drive on the land of Gora Qabristan. At the same time, several other government officials were present.

Reverend Javed, Pastor-in-charge of the UP Church unfolded that land mafia has grabbed graveyard’s land where its main gate is situated. He detailed that a marker has been constructed on the land where there was once main gate of this historic graveyard. The market has obstructed entry to the graveyard re is no entry point to the graveyard.

He revealed that a local person has started construction material supply business in the graveyard’s premises. Tractors are parked in the same place, he explained. This has caused great deal of trouble to Christian community. He added that Cantonment Board has set up a trash bin at the alternative entry route to the cemetery; locals use this trash bin and so there is heap of garbage at the alternative entry gate also. Christians carry their dead from the same route, where heaps of garbage lay, he went on.