Christians in Kallar Syedan whine about having no place to bury their dead. Despite the fact that Christian population exists in the region since pre-partition, there is no graveyard for Christians in Kallar Syedan Tehsil. Local Christians are left with no option but to transport their dead to Rawat, Pirwadhai and Gujar Khan for burial. Tehsil Kallar Syedan lacks a graveyard dedicated to Christian community.
There are more than 300 Christians in the area, comprising of 30 to 35 families. Despite this, Christians do not have a church as well. Previously in July, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, had okayed a land grant for construction of a church and a graveyard for Christian community in Kallar Syedan.
While remarking in this respect, local Christians Shamir Masih, Farooq Anjum, Javaid Masih, Rasheed Masih, Amjad Masih, Abid Farooq, Kashif Masih and Sunil Masih. They said that this the fourth generation of Christians inhabiting the area, nonetheless, there is no church and graveyard for Christians.
“When, our loved ones pass away, we are left with no other option to carry their dead bodies to other places; covering at least 40 to 50 kilometers to Gujar khan or Rawalpindi. This transportation costs a lot,” they complain.
They further revealed that the nearest graveyard is located in Rawat, at a distance of some 22 kilometers. “We have been prohibited from burying our dead in that graveyard owing to the lack of space left in the graveyard.” We are apprehensive as we are now facing even greater difficulties, they said.
Local Christians urged the authorities to take note of the matter, and allot a piece of land for the Christian community to be used as a cemetery. They urged for immediate attention from the authorities, so that the Christian community of Kallar Syedan will not have to face the distress of transporting the dead to other places.