LAHORE – Illegal structures around the grave of the mother of PM Imran Khan have been demolished by Lahore administration.
Authorities in Lahore have demolished nearly all the illegal constructions at Mian Mir Graveyard, in an anti-encroachment drive launched by Punjab government on the directives of Lahore High Court (LHC).
The graves, where such structures were razed on Friday under the supervision of Cantt Assistant Commissioners Capt (r) Shahmeer Iqbal, included the final resting places of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s mother and aunt.
The mother of PM Imran, Shaukat Khanum died in 1985 after fighting cancer for years. In her memory, Khan in 1994 founded a chain of research-oriented tertiary level oncology hospitals – under the umbrella of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) – in Lahore and Peshawar. A third hospital is under construction in Karachi.
The SKMCH&RC is Pakistan’s largest cancer hospital and home to the largest radiation oncology centre.
Besides targeting the structures around Khanum’s grave, the authorities removed the window panes and doors from a number of shrines inside the graveyard in Lahore’s Mian Mir area during the anti-encroachment operation.