Muslim leaders of PPP and PML (Q) grab Christian cemetery in Lala Musa. PCP Report.
10 Jun 2003
GUJRAT, June 11: The Christian community gathered at residence of local Christian leader Mr. Victor at Lala Musa in the Gujarat district decided to go on strike and block the GT Road to protest on Muslim grabbers of the Christian graveyard. This Chri
The Christian community of the Lalamusa city has threatened to come on the roads against the occupation of their Sabzi Mandi cemetery by some influential people.
The Christian leaders alleged that the land grabbers had offered them an 81-marla plot outside the limits of the Lalamusa Municipal Committee for the purpose. They claimed that the value of this land was only Rs500, 000, while that of the cemetery was worth Rs15 million.
They said the land grabbers had taken the plea that they were taking the land of the cemetery by offering 81 Marlas to the Christians. But, they said, the give and take could be done if any person was the owner of the property.
They alleged that despite repeated requests by the Christian community, the land grabbers had removed all graves and leveled the ground of cemetery besides constructing a boundary wall.
They urged the authorities concerned to get vacated the land from the clutches of the land grabbers and take punitive action against them. They also urged the Amnesty International to take up the matter with the Pakistan government to register a criminal case against the influential land grabbers.
They threatened to commit self-immolations if no action was taken in this regard. Information gleaned by this correspondent revealed that some seven-Marla land of the cemetery is in the possession of the people being patronized by some politicians of the PPP, and the remaining in the possession of those having a backing of PML-Q's politicians. This correspondent also visited the site and found some laborers busy constructing a room inside the boundary wall.