Ziarat: Jinnah's residency to be rebuilt in 3 months

Published: June 16, 2013
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Militants blew up Jinnah's residency in Ziarat on Saturday. PHOTO : AFP

Militants blew up Jinnah's residency in Ziarat on Saturday. PHOTO : AFP

ISLAMABAD: The government announced on Sunday that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s residency in Ziarat will be rebuilt within three months.

Militants blew up Jinnah’s residency in Ziarat on Saturday, the building where Quaid spent the last days of his life with his sister Fatima Jinnah in 1948, a year after Pakistan came into being.

Senator Mir Hasil Bizanjo, Minister for Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervez Rashid and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced reconstruction of the historic monument during a visit to the site.

Bizanjo said Quaid’s belongings including his bed, chair, pillow and stick have been completely destroyed.

He said it was unfortunate that only one police man was deployed at the site during daytime.

“Militants are now destroying heritage sites of national importance in Balochistan. It’s a cowardly act,” Bizanjo observed.

Both the federal and provincial government will provide security to national heritage sites in Balochistan, Bizanjo told The Express Tribune.

The National Heritage Division will reconstruct the residency within three to four months, officials said. The decision was taken to restore the historical site to its original glory.

The residency will be rebuilt keeping tourism in mind. The surrounding of the building will also be developed.

Rashid directed Awan-e-Quaid-i-Azam officials to assess the damage caused and the cost of reconstruction, Principal Information Officer Imran Gardezi said.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Hamza
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:34PM

    They should at least turn it into a museum. That will be better!!

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  • naeem khan manhattan,Ks
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:48PM

    It is shameful and heart breaking . I have no words to express my grief.

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  • Shahid
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:04PM

    That’s why people like Akbar Bughti deserve their fate. Peaceful activists don’t have rocket launchers and grenades Either you put forward your point peacefully, or you’re a terrorist!

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  • RK
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:14PM

    No, don’t build it only to be burnt down again. Fix the problems, punish those who burnt it down, set examples, and then rebuild it!

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  • rajat
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:18PM

    Rebuilding the structure will not make it jinnah’s residency. it will be some other building retaining the old name. it would be like jinnah’s pakistan… which broke up in 1971. you have a new country today…half of the original… which is nothing like jinnah’s pakistan of 1947.

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:46PM

    The Quaid’s real home(this nation) is also destroyed. Please rebuilt it too.

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  • Prof. Shahid Mobeen
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:02PM

    It is an attack on Jinnah’s residence or an attack on the founding ideology?

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  • stevenson
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:28PM

    @rajat: I disagree with you – a building or thing is not Jinnah’s idea. The nation rests in the heart and souls of its people. The cowards who destroyed a building have only made Pakistanis more commited to bring to justice anti state cowards who take orders from outside agencies. Not only shold the building be rebuild, it will serve as a focus for rebulding the whole province. It has been heartening to see the whole nation, especially Baluch speak out against this type of cowardly act.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:17PM

    We must built and protect “Jinnah’s Residency” at any cost.

    Pakistaniswill never allow to hurt the sentiments of entire nation.

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  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:33PM

    Rebuild the structure and go into details for jinnahs belongings there. I am an Indian and I might disagree with the man but heritage is a heritage and it belongs to the people of ziarat, Pakistan and the world. Rab rakha

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  • civilian
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:41PM

    this is what we call it the lack of law and order, chaudry sahib rebulding the structure is not the solution of the problem.
    If you know who did it at least listen to their demands what they want, why they are resorting to this method .

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  • ibn arastoo
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:49PM

    Predictable, the Indians don’t want us to rebuild the residency…
    Amazing!

    Indians please stay away from Pakistani news paper sites. God have mercy on Pakistan and save us from these scary Indians and their terrorists.

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  • Abbas Khan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:04AM

    They can destroy the buildings but not the Quaid-e-Azam living in each and every Pakistani’s heart!

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  • rajat
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:05AM

    @stevenson:

    “I disagree with you – a building or thing is not Jinnah’s idea. The nation rests in the heart and souls of its people.”

    the concept of nationhood among Pakistanis of today are not the same as jinnah’s idea. lots of pakistanis are mulana maududi’s ideological children & not jinnah’s. neither was jinnah acceptable to all pakistanis right after the country’s birth. the founding father himself alienated east pakistanis by trying to push Urdu language down their throat. similarly baloch people seem to have disagreements with his ideas.

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  • Indian Shia
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:09AM

    Mr.Jinnah’s residency os safe in mumbai INDIA

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:56AM

    @Shahid:
    Are you the good example of putting th view point peacefully?

    Rex Minor

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  • yajsingh
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:04AM

    @Shahid You very aptly described “terrorists”; thats precisely been our interpretation of Kashmiri (so called) muhjahideens. Well, now you know…..

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  • Jun 17, 2013 - 5:18AM

    You can rebuild the symbolic property, but obviously not the 25 Pakistani lives and their families’ Pakistani dreams, which were shattered soon after, apart from the tens of thousands of lives lost in violence earlier.

    There is apparently no patriotic or nationalist zeal to safeguard those lives and their futures, just abstract rhetoric on Jinnah’s vision.

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  • Humayun
    Jun 17, 2013 - 7:27AM

    Henceforth, the increased security protocol will make it incovenient for the visitors and tourists.

    Unfortunately, Balochistan has already lost much of the tourist and shopping attraction post August 26, 2006.

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  • truthbetold
    Jun 17, 2013 - 8:43AM

    I am sure the Baloch freedom fighters will welcome rebuilding this structure. That will present them with a perpetual target each time it is rebuilt.

    Seriously, it is wasteful to spend the money to rebuild it in the same place, where people who feel thy are not Pakistanis, and who hate Jinnah for annexing their land with force. Why not move the whole thing to Punjab and rebuild it there?

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  • maestro
    Jun 17, 2013 - 8:44AM

    Only ONE policeman was stationed there who lost his life in the attack!! I mean seriously, One man to protect a national heritage building?? UNBELIEVABLE!!! Don’t bother re-building it – its gone and all the Quaid’s belongings are gone – you’re gonna re-build those too? And not one member of LeJ will be arrested let alone the leader cause noon league is buddies with them! Quaid’s Pakistan was destroyed a long time ago.

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  • SM ZAKI
    Jun 17, 2013 - 9:17AM

    @Prabhjyot Singh Madan:
    Dear Sir! I respect and salutes your sentiments for Quiad i Azam Muhammad ali Jinnah from core of my heart. People like you are the real essence of this world who spread their fragrence of their lovely and beautiful thougts without any discrimination of religion, cast and creed. Muhammad Zaki, quetta. Balochistan.

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  • Sb
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:04AM

    This should be done.

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  • Asif Siddiqi
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:42PM

    If government really wants the world to see us as one nation … they must inaugurate the restored building by hanging the culprits in its front yard. This will give a clear message that the spirit hasn’t died and we are well capable of defending our ideology and forefathers memories for our next generations. If this is not done and only building is restored then you should be ready for the next and many attacks to come ….

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  • FAZ
    Jun 17, 2013 - 9:41PM

    My comment regarding rebuiding the raam mandir keeps on being censored! I guess ET thinks it will hurt Indian feelings..:/

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