A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lawmaker on Wednesday called for shifting the grave of former military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq from the Shah Faisal Mosque.
Hamidul Haq submitted a calling attention notice in the National Assembly regarding preservation of the mosque in capital city Islamabad, arguing that any grave could be relocated after the period of 30 years, The News reported.
He said the problems facing the mosque could be addressed by shifting the grave of Zia, who died in a plane crash on 17 August 1988.
Responding to the points raised by the opposition lawmaker, PMLN MNA Tariq Fazl Chaudhry maintained that the government was taking measures for the preservation of the Faisal Mosque.
He said the Zia’s grave has nothing to do with the mosque.
The grave of the former dictator is located in the centre of the courtyard of the Shah Faisal Mosque.