Lahore: Efforts underway to regain possession of seized land of Gora Qabristan

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Local Christian leaders strive to regain possession of seized land of Lahore’s Gora Qabristan. The said graveyard is nestled in Nishat Colony in Cantonment area; its history dates back to pre-Pakistan era. History delineates that the graveyard was allocated to bury the dead Britons here during the Colonial. rule.

Christians' graveyards in Lahore

The locals were not allowed to bury their dead in this cemetery which covers about five acres of land. Following the partition of the sub-continent the graveyard was closed however, in recent time local Christian leaders of Lahore managed to win permission to burying local Christians here.

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However, recently local Christians have taken up the task to get the seized land free from the clutches of the local influential men. Some of the land of Gora Qabristan fell a prey to illegal seizure. Seeing the land usurped, Christians are demanding a swift action from the authorities.

Lahore Cantonment Board had permitted Christians from Marriam Colony and its nearby areas. Later in 1993, a committee was formed under the auspices of which Christians undertook the chore of constructing a boundary wall around the graveyard. Nonetheless, local Christians complain that after the death of the gravedigger, his two sons had illegally seized 3 Kanal and 5 marlas land of the graveyard.

Muhammad Hussain and Bashir Ahmad had allegedly sold 2 Kanals of the graveyard’s land. Consequently, the committee and Christian residents of Marriam Colony have moved the Sessions Court and Civil Court seeking prompt action from the concerned authorities. The cases are still pending with both the courts.

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