A casket rack and other burial equipment have been donated by young Christian activist/ journalist Shakeel Anjum for the Christian community of Bhimber, Azad Kashmir. Shakeel has been able to accomplish this exploit with the assistance of another local Christian. “I am very thankful to local community member who join hand with me to complete this task,” he stated.
Previously, the graveyard had no burial equipment of its own, which caused nuisance to the local Christian community. The equipment donated will be available for the entire Christian community. “Keep us in your prayers,” Shakeel Anjum urged all. Other equipment donated, includes a wooden board used to bathe a dead body before burial.
While remaking about his recent achievement, he said, “After completing tools for graveyard now by the kindness of God we are able to make new things for Christians community’s use. A bedstead to carry dead-body to the graveyard and a board to give bath to the dead body. We are preparing more equipment for community’s use.”
Shakeel has been instrumental in communal service; he said he was aiming for this equipment since 2007 which has now been realized. The graveyard itself is in worse condition, with no boundary walls. It is located about one and a half kilometer away from the Christian Colony atop a hill. Without a casket rack, Christians had faced great trouble in transferring their dead bodies uphill.
In 2010, a grant of 6 lac and 42 thousand was sanctioned by the authorities for construction of a boundary wall around the Christians’ cemetery. The funds were however, never released and so the graveyard is still in a coarse condition.