Graveyards for VIPs?

Now that’s a sure do interesting (or screaming?) thing I got from Mansoor Qaisar’s blog … please read on …

Pakistan capital has another first to its credit — a graveyard for its VIPs. Islamabad`s `status` conscious has made sure that there is a final resting place for their near and dear ones — a prime location facing the Margalla Hills. Some of the graves have marble structures and tombs that glorify the wealthy status of those deceased and his surviving family – something to be proud of. At the graveyard, special sections have been reserved (unofficially) depending upon the rank of the dead politician or bureaucrat, and the amount of pressure that can be exerted in the right places.

At the army graveyard in Rawalpindi, the same chain of command operates. At the very entrance of the graveyard (on the left), burial spots are reserved for one having `contacts` and the right `post` to qualify for the burial at the choicest spot. The commoners have a separate graveyard, which does not distinguish or encourage distinction of class and status.

courtesy: Zee News

Hopefully they’ll all rest in peace … whether in lands or on margallas … I may have doubts over this piece of news but since THIS is the country where we can expect almost anything … so it may happen in 10-15-20 years span too … who knows !!

3 Comments so far

  1. Phil (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 1:35 am

    First of all, Zee News? LOL!

    Second of all, if the USA can have the Arlington why can we have one of our own. After all we are what USA is, right?

    Thirdly! For the information of everyone, the central graveyard at I-8 is nearing capacity. There is alot of talk of making a new one. Ofcourse, with the graves made permanent with the marble and cement over them, which comes to Mr. Mansoor Qaisar as a surprise – I dont know why, is an old tradition in Pakistan quite against the wishes of our Islamic elders, there is lesser space to have proper graves anymore.

    Fourthly, oh image conscious! Tell me why Zia ul Haq, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and Allama Iqbal have seperate resting places?!

    Mr. Mansoor Qaisar has only tried to twist a news report from an unreliable news source to blemish the name of our Capital. A poor job done.

    Thanks for posting this here Asma, we need stay aware of people who incite ‘hate’ and ‘envy’ rather then condole and empathize.

  2. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 11:53 am

    Hmmmm, well Zee news on Islamabad – was interesting in itself too – anyhow a newer graveyard is almost finished off in H-11 sector, and it’ll be online too I heard, remember the empty area (yet to be filled ) adjacent to the ground where Bakras were kept this yr … !

  3. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    OK this is the new Graveyard (for commoners) :> and this reminds me how interesting it looked in rawalpindi where Army Graveyard was written in urdu … with quite some difficulty (an out of context thought)

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