PoK national buried in ancestral graveyard in J-K

Forcibly sent across to PoK once,the last wish of a PoK national was fulfilled when his body was buried in his ancestral graveyard with authorities granting permission for his burial in Poonch.

Written by Express News Service | Jammu | Published: February 20, 2009 4:56 pm

Forcibly sent across to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) once,the last wish of a Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) national was fulfilled on Friday when his body was buried in his ancestral graveyard with authorities granting permission for his burial in Poonch district of Jammu region,after he died during second visit to J&K.

The PoK national,90-year-old Elam Din,who died on Thursday,was buried at his ancestral graveyard in Mandi belt of Poonch district in presence of police in Jammu on Friday,official sources said.

Sources informed that permission was granted to bury him in his native place in Mandi tehsil of Poonch district,and eventually,he was laid down in his ancestral graveyard.

Deputy Commissioner,Poonch Mohammad Afzal Bhat told the ENS that “The PoK national had arrived here last year. Later,his permit was extended by Jammu and Kashmir High Court,and the High Court granted stay on his permit.”

“He wished to stay back in Mandi,as he had no relative in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. He had also wished to be buried in Mandi only and not in PoK,” the Deputy Commissioner stated.

Sources stated that Qazi Jamal Din had come to the Indian side via Poonch-Rawalkote trans-LoC bus service from Rawalote belt of PoK on September 8,2008 to meet his brother Abdul Salam’s family.

Although his brother was now no more alive,however,he was able to meet sons of his brother,sources informed.

He was granted extension in permit for staying with the family at his ancestral place where he died on Thursday,sources said,adding his wish was to get buried beside his father and grand parents’ graves in Mandi in Poonch.

Nimaz-i-Jinaza was offered by people at Mandi at the graveyard ground where the body was kept for burial.

Elam Din,son of Chirag Din,resident of Rajpura in Mandi,had left Mandi village in 1947 and went to the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

However,in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir,he had not tied the nuptial knot sources informed adding that his burial at Rajpura,Mandi was performed following permission of Deputy Commissioner,Poonch,Mohammad Afzal Bhat.

Sources also informed that his death came during his second visit to Poonch from across the border in PoK. He had earlier arrived in June,2008,however,as his permit period completed,he was forcibly sent to PoK,sources stated.

During his first visit,he had applied before a court in Poonch for allowing him to stay back in this state,however,his application had not been accepted,sources stated.

However,his second visit,which was in September,2008,he directly applied before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court,which had granted stay on his permit.

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