The citizens of Rawalpindi were facing serious issues in burying their loved ones as the all the empty places in graveyards have run out of space. In this situation, Christians got their own cemetery in Garrison city to lessen the issues.
The 100-Kanal cemetery was inaugurated in New Rakh Dhamial Graveyard by Deputy Commissioner of Rawalpindi Hassan Waqar Cheema. The Deputy Commissioner said that a free bus would also be given to the community for transporting dead bodies to graveyard.
Anjuman e Christian Qabristan
The registration certificate of new cemetery was given to Anjuman e Christian Qabristan. The members of Anjuman e Christian Qabristan, Chairman Pastor Ilyas Masih, VC Liaquat Abdullah, Finance Secretary Ishaq Masih, Asif James, Salim Masih, Tariq Masih and Haroon George Pastor were all present at the inauguration ceremony of cemetery for Christian community.
The chairman of Anjuman e Christian Qabristan Pastor Ilyas said that earlier there was no separate cemetery for Christians in Garrison city and all the existing one were full. He added that, Christian community was facing severe difficulties in burying their loved ones.
We put a demand and it is a huge favour done by Deputy Commissioner of Rawalpindi that he accepted our demand and provide Christian community a big cemetery place with all modern facilities.
The Cemetery has all facilities including running fresh water and a funeral home, the first phase only includes 100 kanal of space but it will be increased in future according to needs. A vast modern cemetery is built on 10,000 acres of land.
There are total of 54 already existing graveyards in Rawalpindi that are all filled to capacity, the Christian Cemetery has been declared adjacent to Muslim Cemetery.
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Another issue faced by citizens of Rawalpindi is that all the cemeteries in city have fallen under the hands of mafia who own graveyard and charge more than Rs 30000 for digging one grave and giving place to one dead body. The graves which are not properly visited by their relatives are demolished by these people to build new ones.