Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Graves in Karachi

Readers of this blog might remember that I posted about the condition of graveyards in Pakistan. I managed to find a list of cemeteries in Karachi (which I obtained from Wiki):

Jannatul Baqi Graveyard at Hub River Road, S.I.T.E.

* Azeempura Cemetery, Shah Faisal Colony
* Bagh-e-Ahmed (AMI's Karachi Chapter Cemetery)
* Essa Nagri Graveyard, Main Sir Shah Suleman Road (officially declared closed)
* Gizri Cemetery, D.H.A.
* Mewashah Cemetery (officially declared closed)
* Jannatul Baqi Cemetery, Hub River Road, S.I.T.E.
* Leemo Goth Graveyard, Haji Leemo Goth, Gulshan-e-Iqbal
* Metrovill III Graveyard, Metrovill III, Gulshan-e-Iqbal
* Mian Goth Cemetery, Malir
* Model Colony Cemetery (New), Malir
* Model Colony Cemetery (Old), Malir
* New Karachi Cemetery, New Karachi
* Old Morraro Cemetery, S.I.T.E.
* P.E.C.H.S. Cemetery, Tariq Road (officially declared closed)
* Paposh Nagar Cemetery (officially declared closed)
* Sakhi Hassan Cemetery, North Nazimabad (officially declared closed)
* Peer Bukhari Graveyard, Mannoo Goth, Gulshan-e-Iqbal
* Pehalwan Goth Graveyard, Pehalwan Goth, Gulistan-e-Johar
* Saudabad Cemetery, Malir (officially declared closed)
* Shah Faisal Cemetery(Colony Gate), Shahrah-e-Faisal (officially declared closed)
* Shanti Nagar Graveyard, Dalmia Road, Shanti Nagar
* Wadi-e-Hussain Cemetery, Super Highway (Wadi-e-Hussain.com)


* Gora Kabristan, Shahrah-e-Faisal.


* Bani Israel Graveyard

Zoroastrian (Parsi)

* Parsi Dar-e-Meher (Fire Temple), Dr Umar Bin Muhammad Daudpota Road.

In Urdu, a grave is called a qabar and a graveyard/cemetery is called a qabarstan.

Which cemeteries have you visited? How did you find them? Did you think the cemetery was being well looked after? How important is it for the future generations that gravestones are preserved? Leave a comment below or email me at pakistani_g[at]hotmail.co.uk


Morten said...

Hi Anon

Here in Norway, the genealogical society has established a public database consisting of close to 2 million entries for gravestones in cemeteries/graveyards. For quite a number of these entries you can also see pictures of the tombstones. One of the purposes of this database is to preserve the visual of the tombstones for the future, as the graves normally are reused after many years and the old gravestones are taken down. This way family and later descendants have a place they still can visit online and remember that person who were burried in that grave.

You can visit the database here:
Tombstones and cemeteries in Norway

Anon said...

Thats a great idea Morten :)

Anonymous said...

I have visited the sakhi Hassan one. It is in terrible shape. It is too small and most of my family's kabars are missing :(.

Anon said...

Anonymous, it is a great shame that many graveyardsin Pakistan are in poor condition. Someone needs to do something about this and also to ensure future descendants have some way of knowing where their loved ones were buried.

Woreker said...

I am working on computerization of Graves record of Karbala Bagh commonly known as Janat ul Baqyeh Grave yard located at Saeedabad Hub River Road Karachi
Link id www.karbalabagh.simplesite.com