Quaid’s Ziarat residency to be rebuilt in 3 months: Govt

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

Jinnah’s residency has been blown up by militants 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 media.

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

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

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