DERA GHAZI KHAN

Mafia has grabbed the lands of Mula Qaid Shah, Tahli Wala and Ghausia graveyards which also lack cleanliness, maintenance, chowkidars, sanitary workers, electricity and water supply due to government apathy.

Moreover, drug addicts and criminals have made the graveyards their hiding places. Punjab Ombudsman Javed Mehmood has directed in a case that the additional district collector (ADC) of Dera Ghazi Khan should arrange the demarcation of Mula Qaid shah and Tahli Wala graveyards through revenue and building departments. If the encroachments are found in the graveyards, the ADC shall have to take measures for removal of encroachment so that the land meant for graves might be utilised only for that purpose.

The Punjab Ombudsman expressed dissatisfaction and said that the representatives of the agency has failed to point out as to who are guard/chowkidar in the graveyards under reference. Reports about encroachment in Tahli Wala and Mula Qaid Shah graveyears are scanty and evasive. There is an omnibus statement that there are no encroachments in these graveyards.

The Punjab Ombudsman also directed that the TMA should post one chowkidar/guard each in the said graveyards for looking after the sanctity of the places so that addicts and other suspects could use the places as their hiding spots. Supply of water in the graveyards and provision of electricity during the night should be ensured because of the reasons that at times funeral (Janazah) prayers are offered and burials take place also during night. He also sought a report after doing the needful within the period of 60 days.

Abdul Raheem, a resident of Garden Town Dera Ghazi Khan, had lodged a complaint in the court that heaps of filth are lying in the graveyards. Similarly, there is no arrangement of light in the graveyards which creates difficulty for offering funerals and burying bodies in the night. There is a particular reference of two graveyards known as Mula Qaid Shah and Tahli Wala DG Khan that these have been subjected to encroachments by certain persons.

The had complainant also alleged that facts have been concealed from court by the additional district collector and the TMA administrator of DG Khan . They have submitted absolutely false report regarding encroachments, supply of water and electrification, he had alleged.