Makli an archeological conservatory located about 2 hours drive from Karachi near Thatta is reportedly being destroyed by ex-MPA Ghulam Qadir Palijo who is the father of the Sassui Palijo a Sindh Minister
Makli Necropolis is one of the largest necropolises in the world, with a diameter of approximately 8 kilometers, Makli Hill is supposed to be the burial place of some 125,000 Sufi saints. It is located on the outskirts of Thatta. Legends abound about its inception, but it is generally believed that the cemetery grew around the shrine of the fourteenth-century Sufi, Hamad Jamali. The tombs and gravestones spread over the cemetery are material documents marking the social and political history of Sind.
The News exposed this issue yesterday, while Ghulam Qadir Palijo defended himself by saying that he was [innocently] digging a drainage channel for water leading to his land. Somehow with the abundant reports of qabza groups reclaiming land throughout Sindh I have reason to suspect foul play. Until any investigation is done on an urgent basis we just have to assume that there is something fishy. Read The News story in detail
The News 24th September: Heavy machinery, including bulldozers and excavators, is being used for bulldozing and excavation at the site of the Makli necropolis for the past 24 hours. This is being done by ex-MPA Ghulam Qadir Palijo, who is also the father of Sindh Minister Sassui Palijo.
A visit to the site revealed that the bulldozing and excavation was being done on the Makli hill monuments site area that was adjacent to the land of Ghulam Qadir Palijo. This site leads to the shrine of great Sindhi warrior Dolah Darya Khan and Sindh ruler Jam Nizamuddin. There were remnants of old graves already flattened by bulldozers. As per the workers, they were digging a drainage water channel for the land of Ghulam Qadir Palijo
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference at his residence here on Tuesday, Ghulam Qadir Palijo said he owned about 400 acres of land adjacent to the Makli hill necropolis. He said he was digging a drainage channel for drainage of water leading to his land. He refuted the allegations that he had destroyed the archaeological sites. He claimed that the movement was started against him by his opponents, the Shirazi group
A few breathtaking pictures of the archeological site can be seen on Altamash’s Flickr album