Islamabad: Pickpockets deprive 3 of cash in graveyard
Islamabad: A grieved son lost Rs35,000 and two of his sympathisers who were also present after the funeral prayers of his mother in a graveyard, were also deprived of Rs10,000 and Rs4,500 respectively on Monday.
Raja Shaukat Mehmood, who carried the cash in the side pocket of his ‘qameez’, while the funeral of his mother was being taken to the nearby New Katarian Graveyard in a big procession, never thought of this unfortunate situation at a time when he was in deep shock and grief.
The dead body of his mother was placed in a ‘janazagah’: a hall specified for offering funeral prayers in a graveyard. A local cleric led the prayers and before that delivered a brief speech about the temporary life and the eternal life hereafter. He also spoke of doing good deeds as much as possible.
There is a common practice that after the funeral prayers are offered, all those present on the occasion, console and embrace members of the tragedy-hit family in the ‘janazagah’. It also happened with the man in distress and his elder brother Dr. Raja Kausar Mehmood. It is believed there were at least two or three youths around, with an ulterior objective, that too, in a graveyard. Raja Shaukat, Sheikh Shabbir, who runs a clothes shop at Saidpur Road and another unidentified man, were deprived of the cash in their pockets.
Raja Shaukat put his right hand in his pocket to pay charges to the person, who looks after the graveyard, for digging of a grave and provision of related material, after his mother was buried; he found no money inside to the shock of everyone present around him.
In this bizarre situation, almost all of them desperately searched their pockets to find out that Raja Shaukat was not alone; unfortunately two others had also become victim of the pickpockets.
This scribe talked to some of them and they were completely at loss to comprehend as to why such a crime had taken place in a graveyard. They revealed that this disgusting activity appeared to be gaining a momentum on such occasions. They contended that the incident was also a clear indication that these criminals could go to any extent for material gains, as if they will never die or there will be no accountability after death on the Judgement Day.