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Govt bid to help those in graveyard situation

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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GOVERNMENT experts have said grave desecration in Pakistan is now a 'major concern' after it was revealed that a Burton mother claimed her son's body had been stolen by thieves.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office revealed that Pakistan had been dubbed a 'country of concern' for a variety of reasons including the shocking rise in the number of graveyards being regular raided.

The news comes after yesterday the Mail featured the story of how Aneela Afzal fears the body of her son Eamon has been snatched from his grave in Islamabad, in Pakistan, and allegedly used for black magic.

Mrs Afzal's case is one of hundreds that forced the Pakistan authorities to pass a law allowing criminals convicted of desecrating a grave to be jailed for life.

The legislation was agreed in a bid to curb the growing problem.

In April 2011, two brothers were reportedly arrested in Bhakkar, Punjab, after they were found to have disinterred corpses in a graveyard.

And in October 2013, the body of a Hindu was said to have been dug out and placed outside the graveyard in the province of Sindh.

Now Foreign Office chiefs are urging anyone with similar concerns to get in touch to see if any help can be offered by the government.

Anyone who may have been involved in a similar situation to Mrs Afzal can find more help and advice by heading online to www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office

Mrs Afzal, 24, said: "Things like that happen every day in that country but I never expected it would happen to my baby. "

Their son died in January 2012 after he lived for just four hours.

The couple had started to rebuild their lives when they received a shock phone call from a relative to say that the the cemetery had been vandalised and Eamon's body had been taken.

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