Khanewal: Neglected Christians’ graveyard awaits authorities’ attention

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A deteriorating cemetery in use by four thousand Christians of the area faces authorities’ negligence. The Khurram Pura graveyard falls under the jurisdiction of District Khanewal’s Municipal Authority, has been constantly worsening during past thirty years while no restorative measures had been taken up by the concerned authorities.

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The boundary wall of the cemetery had fallen at several points; while someone had robbed the main gate authorities have made no arrangements for a new gate. Amir Suneel, a local Christian says there is no electricity connection to this graveyard. He said that water required for the graves and related work is to be brought from a distant place as there is no water connection as well.

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Another Local Christian, David Qamar said that local MNA Muhammad Khan Daha, was contracted repeatedly in this regard but he has overlooked the matter, despite the fact that he had pledged to allocate funds for restoring the boundary wall and electricity and water connections.

“This burial land is spread over almost one acre,” said Irshad Masih as he continued, “yet we are facing lack of space for burials.” He said that after coming two years’ time it would be impossible to find a burial place here. He urged the government to allocate land for Christians’ graveyard.

Amir Younas, said that owing to an open entry way into the graveyard cattle storm into the premises and defile graves. He said that government allocates funds for graveyards annually nonetheless, since past thirty years no funds had been used for restorative work at the cemetery.

He also urged the government to allocate additional space for Christians’ graveyard and initiate restorative and renovation work at this cemetery. He said that installation of main gate, electricity and water connections are an immediate need of the hour.