Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hindus and Sikhs will soon have cremation grounds.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Hindus and Sikhs were being forced to bury their dead as there was no land for cremation available to them.
Now, as per a report by Press Trust of India, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has started building the facility from the chief minister’s fund. The report quoted a ‘senior official’ as its source.
The chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak has reportedly approved a fund of Rs 100 million ‘for the annual development programme for cremation grounds, which would come up in Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Hangu, Nowshera and Peshawar.’
Ravi Kumar, the Adviser to Chief Minister Khattak has been reported a saying that “there are more than 50,000 Sikhs and Hindus in Peshawar and due to lack of proper cremation place, they are unable to perform the last rituals of the dead and are forced to bury them.”
He further added that ‘those who are well-off, take their dead to Terak area near Kohat for cremation, but the poor people cannot afford it, he said. “Keeping in view the difficulties of Hindu and Sikh community, we have decided to build cremation grounds in Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan on priority basis.’
Pakistan was in the news when in September the Chief Justice of Pakistan was forced to take suo moto notice of the acquisition of land in Karachi by Sindh government where Hindus were doing cremations.
One Ram Nath Maharaj of Hindu Community took up the matter as he said that Sindh govt acquired the cremation land of Hindus for the construction of Lyari Express in 2008 but failed to grant an alternative land for cremation or compensation.