A member of the Egyptian House of Representatives submitted a request for a briefing regarding the intention of the Cairo Governorate to demolish and remove the tomb of the poet Hafez Ibrahim, which raised the concern of many people and cultural associations.
The deputy directed the briefing request to the Prime Minister, the Ministers of Culture, Transport and Communications, and Local Development.
This step by the Cairo governorate comes within the framework of the capital’s development plan, which includes the renewal and development of some roads and vital areas, but this matter raises the concern of many people who see that this cemetery represents an important cultural heritage for Egypt.
Hafez Ibrahim’s family had issued urgent appeals calling for stopping the demolition of the cemetery, pointing out that this matter is a violation of the Egyptian cultural heritage, and it must be preserved as part of the civilized history of Egypt.
For her part, Dr. Maha Abdel Nasser, a member of the House of Representatives, said that she submitted a request for a briefing in Parliament, regarding the Cairo Governorate’s move to demolish and remove the tomb of the Nile poet Hafez Ibrahim.
And she added, during a televised intervention on the “mbc Egypt” channel, that the answer to her request to inform her is supposed to come from the governor of Cairo, regardless of the ministry that requested the demolition of the cemetery.
Maha suggested that the Ministry of Transport and Communications would be the party that requested the demolition of the cemetery, if the matter was related to the construction of a new road, stressing at the same time that it is a joint responsibility between the governorate and a number of ministries.
The parliamentarian indicated that there are other solutions to deal with the Islamic Cairo region as a whole, noting that what she described as “consideration and demolition to build a bridge or road” is something she does not find correct.
And she continued: “There are many solutions. We have Egyptian urban planning professors in every region of the world who are interested in that historical region and the Islamic Cairo region, and they believe that there must be alternative solutions and different arteries than demolishing these areas to make roads and bridges.”