QUETTA: Militants attacked the Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat with hand grenades in the wee hours of Saturday, destroying the historical monument where the founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah spent his last days.

A police man outside the Quaid's residency was also killed in the attack.

A police official, who requested anonymity since he was not authorised to speak to the media, told Dawn.com that four militants on two motorcycles entered the residency and hurled hand held bombs.

"All old memorials inside the residency have been destroyed," he said.

He said memorial chairs, beds, and historic photographs of the founder were burnt to the ground in the resulting fire.

Another police official, requesting anonymity, said the wood structure of the residence had been burnt down, however, the exterior concrete structure was still intact.

Bomb disposal squad also claimed to have defused six more bombs planted inside the residency.

Police said the militants escaped unhurt from the spot.

Frontier Corps and police reached the residency and started investigation into the incident.

The founding father of the country, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, had spent last days of his life in Ziarat at the historic wooden structure.

Ziarat is considered a tourist point in insurgency-hit Balochistan province. A large number of tourists visit the town and the memorials of the Quaid every summer.

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Riaz
June 15, 2013 8:22 am

Really sad to hear about this news ... I remember my visit to Ziarat residence of our beloved Quaid ... all the historic memorabilia it housed ... now the whole house has become history. Very sad day for Pakistan, indeed! May Allah bless Pakistan!

Ashish
June 15, 2013 8:31 am

Freedom fighters should not target other freedom fighters. If they want, they should also build a lavish place for themselves and seek a country to emulate the great separatist leader.

Malik Shahid
June 15, 2013 8:33 am

Shame on the Baloch nationalists for doing this despicable act. How the new CM will handle these goons is going to be seen now. Why people cry over military action when things like these are happening even under a Baloch Nationalist Chief Minister. The Balochs should respect other linguistic groups too or they should leave Karachi and other non-balochistan cities.

Umesh Gupta
June 15, 2013 8:45 am

Well done Pakistan. What a way treat founding father.

ZaburdustKhan
June 15, 2013 8:47 am

Place bounty on the heads of these four people. Public Lynching is required. Make an example of these four and who ever supported and abetted these culprits.

Sayed
June 15, 2013 8:53 am

A bottomless pit indeed.

udsamn
June 15, 2013 9:00 am

very sad government should take strictest measure against all those who were involved in this most unforgettable crime and should not be dealt with any leniency. No words to describe the sorrow of nation but I say we still have Quaid's greatest gift or memorial Pakistan and we still have a chance? what do you think?

maqbool
June 15, 2013 9:07 am

This is terrible. Pakistan should rebuild Ziarat structure and try to recreate . In future all the artifacts should be preserved. All walks of life and all political parties should unite to condemn this deplorable action. A national fundraising should be done from all cities, provinces and groups should participate in rebuilding Quaid's resting place to show the terrorists that to rebuild it the whole nation is united. Adjoining structure with museum for Balochistan's history and an educational research center should be built. For future proper security should be in place so no repeat action like this takes place.

Khan
June 15, 2013 9:08 am

That's a a shame. Despite bad law and order only 1 policeman was posted our corrupt ministers have more security than the residency of Quaid e Azam residency.

Friend
June 15, 2013 9:15 am

Sad to hear. Eye for an Eye will lead to everyone becoming blind.

Agha Ata
June 15, 2013 9:16 am

Now protect and save the Quaid's Mazar in Karachi.
They are attacking the ideology of Pakistan just as JI did before partition.

Pervaiz Lodhie
June 15, 2013 9:18 am

There should be no delay in rebuilding this residency of the father of the nation. There is enough data about its design and contents and not the original but exact replica should be good enough as a symbol of the most important person of Pakistan

Yawar
June 15, 2013 9:22 am

Do these people know anything else other than destroying lives and national assets? What is wrong with these people?

hani
June 15, 2013 9:29 am

such a shame for whole nation:(

Benazeer Abbas
June 15, 2013 9:30 am

This tells how much Balochs are satisfied with the center.

AA, Senior Citizen
June 15, 2013 9:44 am

Very unfortunate, alarming, absolutely not tolerable. Federal and provincial governments should immediately resign on failure to protect the national monument. A high level independent inquiry should be initiated. Where is Chief Justice of Pakistan and why he is silent on the issue....? Senior Citizen of Pakistan

mehboob malik
June 15, 2013 9:43 am

These are only terrorists and these should be treated like terrorists.

Malik
June 15, 2013 9:44 am

Very sad to get this news!!! Dr. Malik Baloch should restore it as soon as possible ths monument and the place which has emotional attachment of the people of Pakistan it is memorial of our great leader and we will destroy anyone who attacks such place... whole Pakistan should march to Balochistan and take on with these bloody terrorists and so called BLA fighters!!!! shame shame shame to tindy seperatist population!!!!!

imran
June 15, 2013 9:54 am

Oh my dear Quaid, what have we done to your legacy. Please forgive us.

Zeeshan Khan
June 15, 2013 10:00 am

The country of Quaid is being destroyed and plundered. Countrymen are becoming poorer with every passing hour. Now if the residency has been destroyed than I would say that normal course of action is being followed by destroyers. Whats the big deal?

Usuf Ahmed
June 15, 2013 10:11 am

is our Army and Police too busy protecting the theives in power?

MUHAMMAD YOUNUS BUTT
June 15, 2013 10:11 am

My heart is weeping and is crying who are these bloody people which do not care for shameful,condemnable and very non-sense acts of extremism.After all what these elements want in Pakistan? These militants are not Muslims nor are serving Islamic causes.We condemn and protest over this uncivilized and inhuman behavior.These incidents have been in action for a long time and why proper security is not provided at all important places.To whom we will tell our shocking grievances as some powers are behind Pakistan to destabilize our motherland.Still we did not learn any lessons from fall of Dacca,and those elements are very active to break Pakistan. Our parties are fighting only to get power,but are not interested for the smooth security of the country.India,Israel and America are behind these shame able acts and Afghanistan is being used in front line.we protest and demand full inquiry about this incident and urge the government of Pakistan to provide fool proof security at all government places immediately.It indicate how a common man is insecure in Pakistan and all Pakistan security agencies totally flopped.

Karach Bhai
June 15, 2013 10:17 am

End of Pakistan, cant say any more.

Arshad Khan
June 15, 2013 10:14 am

I am disgusted by this act of terror against the history and heritage of our people. These militant terrorists don't know the importance of preservation of our histories for the survival and progress of our nations and our peoples. If we have no past, we have no future. Stop wiping us off the map. I am sad and disgusted.

Ajit
June 15, 2013 10:25 am

Mr. Jinnah was the founding father of Pakistan. L'il he would have thought that his own belongings would be blatantly destroyed in his own country, with utter dis-respect. What a shame!!!

anonymous
June 15, 2013 10:37 am

Such a shame for the poor country. I wonder what the state machinery is doing when everything is left in the hands of these handful miscreants.

Muneer bhai
June 15, 2013 10:36 am

indeed this is not our war....

Ayesha
June 15, 2013 10:45 am

This is most shocking, saddening and bleak moment in our history, I would request Mr Akhtar Mengal, talal and Jamil Bugti please muster courage, sincerity and devotion to help CM so as to restore law and order and prosperity not for anybody's else sake but just for Baloch people's sake.

Abdul'Rauf Hashmi
June 15, 2013 10:49 am

Strongly condemn the dastardly and senseless attack on the Quaid's Ziarat residence in Quetta,its utterly shameless and deplorable...shame!

Naveed Shah
June 15, 2013 10:58 am

It is very tragic, my heart is mourning on this tragic news. WHAT A LOSS!!! NEWS alos said, some bombs were planted inside the building? it says many things for our government to worry and put peaceful plans in action to address those people and their rottening ideology.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson
June 15, 2013 11:03 am

This should be a day of mourning. Time for all PML factions to look into their coffers because they are the one who have soft corner for these elements. This act from a section of our mindsets should be taken as national tragedy. Unfortunately these elements are still occupying seats in our legislative assemblies. Time to take action and not to cry as babies.

Mobashir Ahmad
June 15, 2013 11:07 am

Absolutely disgusting; it seems that these militants, terrorists, have no respect for Quaid e Azam. If Pakistan was not created, then these militants would know what it would have been like to live under a Hindu majority; not a very pretty picture for the Muslims living in India today. These militants are nothing but traitors who need to be eliminated and the Pakistani Army needs to wake up and eliminate these people immediately.

Mayank
June 15, 2013 11:12 am

Dear Pakistan....Why are you even a country?

true khadim
June 15, 2013 11:20 am

jo log apny mohsin k ihsanaat bhool jaty hain to phir Khuda tala unhy bht bri azmaish mein dal deta hai

ajmal
June 15, 2013 11:31 am

essi be hiss qaum se apnay aaba o ajdaad ki har nishani chheen leni chahiey.jiss qaum ko quaid k kahay huey kisi harf tak ka pass nahee wahaan residence ki kaya ahmeeat hai.

Muhammad Akram
June 15, 2013 11:29 am

After Malala this has to be the most discusting action by Talibans in Pakistan. Words fail to describe the shock and discust at these people. What do they want. This is insane. Cannot understand it. Feels so powerless. For heavens sake it is a building which reminds us, where Mr Jinnah lived in his last days. Does anyone in Pakistan still want to talk with them. I hope every single one of them burn in hell in this and next world.

AAA
June 15, 2013 11:32 am

These militants are enemies of ALLAH, Islam, Quran, Muslims & Pakistan. they are agents of Israel, RAW & West. All these should be punished by hanging in public. Because they are MURDITS.

omer khan shaheen
June 15, 2013 11:34 am

So what's next on the barbarians list! Minar- e - Pakistan? Mazar - e - Quaid? A Mosque or another Children school. What ever may be on the agenda! It will never deter Pakistanis from their belief in unity, faith, justice and discipline. Insha'Allah! It will stand! and it will prosper!

Hummed Yousaf Baig
June 15, 2013 11:44 am

My Head is down with shame. There is no national spirit left in our people. We've forgotten for what those 1 million dead (May they Rest in Peace) crossing the border and our founding fathers stood for. This was one of the many symbols of our great struggle for foundation. Let's become a Pakistani again and stand for freedom and national pride if you have any of it left in all of us.

Usman Chaudhri
June 15, 2013 11:51 am

Once again a heinous act done by unknown forces.

Hassan
June 15, 2013 11:54 am

This is just sad, these people have no shame and also no brains

Tahir
June 15, 2013 11:56 am

Poor use of English... when did the press in Pakistan start using 'wee' (a Scottish word) as a replacement for 'early'.

Shylock
June 15, 2013 12:05 pm

So these militants have US Congress support for "Free Baluchistan".

feroz boor boor
June 15, 2013 12:07 pm

shocked and speechless! I wonder what would be next!

Mohammed Ali
June 15, 2013 12:14 pm

Sick people. I wonder what was the motivation of this attack. With Every attack of these mindless, sick people, we as a society loose. We have lost our religion, our self respect, our identity. Shame on us. :-(

Waqas
June 15, 2013 12:25 pm

Its a Shame......Shame on the guys who destroyed this historical place......We need to restore it right away...we should have the exact drawings and dimensions of the stuff that was there in our Archaeological Department (hope so)........and this Department DG or who so ever was responsible for this site should resign immediately.....Useless people eating up poor people money.....They had assigned one guard..................Wat da ____.....RESTORE THIS PLACE....and media should raise hue and cry too.....we cant just let this happen.....im so frustrated :-(

Dr Hammad Raza
June 15, 2013 12:29 pm

Despicable.

Love For Quaid
June 15, 2013 12:29 pm

Alas ! May Allah Bless My Quaid Rest in Peace !

SM
June 15, 2013 12:30 pm

Burn these militants. We have had enough.

Tauseef
June 15, 2013 12:36 pm

Who care!!! Defeating them is more important then to save that building and this act proves there defeat is near and they are frustrated :)

ManofPeace
June 15, 2013 12:39 pm

Destroyed the house of Quaid-e-Azam.... pathetic.

Who are these low-lives that eat and breath and live on the land which is a result of the lifelong effort of the same Man whose house they destroyed?

Detestable act of pathetic low-lives, nothing less.

Ali
June 15, 2013 12:51 pm

Excellent performance by our intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Very soon Kayani will call for further increase in his budget. Well, Kayani does not need to worry, no General has ever gone through accountability.

Enough
June 15, 2013 12:59 pm

Enough is enough! It is time to crush the militancy and terrorism completely from the province. Establishment has been appeasing the Bloach terrorists for too long. We need a heavy handed approach and totally get rid of anyone who comes to our way. It is better to disband the political processes for few years until we get rid of mess completely.

Imran
June 15, 2013 12:59 pm

And PTI / PML-N still think we should speak to these animals?

Muhammad
June 15, 2013 1:05 pm

Ziarat is 100% Pashtun area without any Baluch presence. So no case of Insurgency. Dawn should investigate other parameters.

sherafgan
June 15, 2013 1:07 pm

this country is doomed.

Irtaza
June 15, 2013 1:12 pm

sad... regretful act :(

awais
June 15, 2013 1:22 pm

alas

Fahad Khan
June 15, 2013 1:28 pm

No problem. We should build it again like the old building with as much similarity as we can.

Pakistan Zindabad!

Muhammad Ramzan
June 15, 2013 1:33 pm

Immediate actions required from both Govt & Law enforcing agencies!!!

muzammil ullah khan
June 15, 2013 1:34 pm

Missing persons are involved . Let the chief justice take another of his famous suo moto notices !!

Arslan Nazir
June 15, 2013 1:40 pm

This kind of act is mark of a third class person, who is mentally sick.

Kutubuddin
June 15, 2013 1:41 pm

This is the act of Taliban who earlier destroyed Bahimiyan Budha statue in Afghanistan.

Iman
June 15, 2013 1:48 pm

The government has failed in its responsibility to protect this national monument, where adequate security arrangements should have been in place given the risk of mischief in the prevailing situation

Haider
June 15, 2013 1:53 pm

Shame on everyone who wants to hand shake Taliban who are the biggest enemy of our Pakistan.

Sam
June 15, 2013 1:58 pm

Very sad. Those responsible for this must be brought to justice.

Wajahat
June 15, 2013 2:10 pm

Pathetic! They have done the same to Quaid's residency what we have been doing to his vision. :(

Ram Krishan sharma
June 15, 2013 2:12 pm

Atleast , his house is safe in Bombay.

dms
June 15, 2013 2:17 pm

Congrulations for respecting the founding father of Pakistan......

Agha Asad Raza
June 15, 2013 2:27 pm

This is so VERY sad! What has this nation become?

Hasnain Haque
June 15, 2013 3:29 pm

Nothing is sacred in this land of madness and mindless people, even god cannot help this nation.

Hasnain Haque
June 15, 2013 3:29 pm

Why would anyone want to do this, mind boggles, is anyone protesting, no they are all busy filling their pockets.

Hasnain Haque
June 15, 2013 3:30 pm

What next, Quaid E Azam mazar in karachi, destroy everything you have and soon you will have nothing left.

Hasnain Haque
June 15, 2013 3:31 pm

First it was the minorities, then the sects within muslims, then political affiliations, then tribal affiliations, then class and now anything else, soon you will have noone to fight but amongst yourseleves and then civil war, good luck.

Gerry D'Cunha
June 15, 2013 3:38 pm

who is safe in pakistan? now the militants have not even spared the founders residence - shame for the pakistanis - these militants could now even destroy the quaid's resting place (mazar) in karachi

Anwar kamal
June 15, 2013 3:55 pm

Who is responsible ?BLA or Taliban?

Suhaib
June 15, 2013 3:56 pm

No negotiations, no talks, just engage them in battle and kill them. This lunacy must not continue. The lone policeman was not spared even.

Army needs to put its foot down and whole nation should stand behind our forces.

Muhammad Akram
June 15, 2013 4:21 pm

BLA or whoever! Most discusting and deplorable act which should never be forgiven forgotton. I hope no one will come offer any excuse for dispicable act of un-necessary violence aganist an empty building! What depraved and corrupt minds.

Muhammad Akram
June 15, 2013 4:22 pm

@Sayed: Depraved and corrupt minds. Monster from hells.

akram
June 15, 2013 4:26 pm

This is not an attack on government, its an attack against the ideology of Pakistan itself. Such acts are effectively an act of treason, and should be dealt as such.

Hasnain Haque
June 15, 2013 4:31 pm

I made about five comments but non published, why, are they too shameful or strong. Strong and shameful condemnation is what is required, Pakistan is in denial and that wont help.

Erum Qayyum
June 15, 2013 5:10 pm

The terrorists destroyed Mr. Jinnah's Ziarat residency - how low can you get - when you destroy your founder'a legacy. What's that going to prove! I am shocked! He was the best leader we had ! Really! Those militants should be shot dead without a trial! Dweebs!

Juzer Pishori
June 15, 2013 5:17 pm

jab jism he saara jalta ho, phir daamin-e-dil ko bachain kya.

Salim Akbani
June 15, 2013 5:45 pm

Never negotiate with terrorists.

Shah Jee
June 15, 2013 6:33 pm

@Muneer bhai: You are so right, unfortunately, it has now become our fight. Our fight for survival.

Agha Ata
June 15, 2013 7:35 pm

It is an expression of hatred towards the father of the nation. Thus, an attack on the ideology of Pakistan.

vasudev
June 15, 2013 8:21 pm

very sad day for our pakistani brothers. may the peace prevail. in the struggle for power it is always the innocent populations who suffer the most. hope peace will be back in the entire sub-continent.

ozman
June 15, 2013 9:09 pm

@Sayed: There is no political solution to militancy. It must be dealt militarily, period.

Naeem Uz Zafar Khan
June 15, 2013 10:30 pm

When Pakistan will get rid of these destructive elements who are bent upon destroying our country?. What are security forces doing? How can terrorists escape safely after destroying everything. ? Shame--

Ebrhm shakir
June 15, 2013 11:22 pm

this is the time for action against the terrorist who attacked the founder of Pakistan's residency. the politician who are availing huge privileges and many things more.. just because of Qaid-e-Azam, the pak-Army who deserving highly respect among people of Pakistan just because of Qaid-e-Azam, the judiciary and media are today enjoying the independence just because of Qaid-e-Azam. if today these all are not able to secure the residence of Qaid-e-Azam, then they have not right to hoist the flag of Pakistan on their blood proof cars, and they have no right to hang founder of Pakistan's portrait on their offices walls, they can't do any thing without the photo of Qaid,, but today they are playing game on this attacked, they are well aware that who attacked, but they are not seem to do anything.why..? we all are better understand. we are sorry Qaid.

sri1
June 15, 2013 11:24 pm

@Muneer bhai: It will never be your war, yet you will just be just another casualty. Don't you feel that it is kind of apt that the militants have chosen to destroy MAJ's residence after leaving his legacy and ideology in tatters?

shoukat sheikh
June 15, 2013 11:40 pm

Let the military handle Baluchistan. People who are causing this type of damage do not need to live in Pakistan. It is PURE hate.

No more negotiations. Get their heads. Hang about 1000 in the squre so the other so called other Baluch freedom fighters will len lesson. This is enough.

wigi
June 16, 2013 12:20 am

Does it reflects that he is no more a Quaid for everybody in Pakistan?

Mo
June 16, 2013 12:27 am

@Sayed: Bottomless pit? Then why don't you do something about it? You mus be one of those living outside the country right?

Balwanjee
June 16, 2013 3:27 am

It was expected from the defeated militants, who could do anything and the Quid's residency could be the focal point for them. It is the negligence of the administration that terrorists quietly came in the building and ransacked it. Quid's residency is a precious monument; it should have been well protected, instead of leaving it open to attack.

JOHN SYED
June 16, 2013 3:46 am

This nefarious criminal anti human mind is beyond comprehension.There is a solution for every thing irrespective of how a difficult situation the problem is embedded in. The fact is we lack sincerity to solve the problems. We seek voting agreements and compromises from those who support or indulge in terrorism. All the governments in the recent past including the existing recently elected one is inept, and incapable of governing. People have to choose those who could effectively govern. The educated and experienced lot. The old Greek wisdom dictates a "shopkeeper has no integrity and acumen coupled with lack of strong stomach to undergo the pains of governing.

Anwar Motan
June 16, 2013 4:28 am

The new government and every single Pakistani whether living inside the country or outside the country must work hard to help and assist in getting rid of the terrorists and terrrorism from Pakistan. Terrorists are enemies of Islam and they are truly sick people.

Bill Gates
June 16, 2013 6:40 am

This is getting TOO much. Someone need to stop these uneducated TTP. They are killing our history and don't respect the Founder of Pakistan. What Mr. Sharif had say about this??? Is Mr. Sharif still like to talk to these IDIOTS....

Muhammad Ali
June 16, 2013 6:53 am

who ever has done this is not a Pakistani.

malick
June 16, 2013 7:17 am

A very clear message either Pakistan OR Balouchistan, no dialouge, but war. If President, PM and Interior minister, FM, and CJ do not understand this message please let military to work. One day dying is much better than daily dying. To day Ziarat Residency of founder father tomorrow at Lahore Allama Iqbal, shame on all of us.

Ram mohan sharma
June 16, 2013 7:33 am

For your information ,Mr.Jinnah's house in Mumbai (India) is safe and still standing as a historical place after 65 years of partition.

asif
June 16, 2013 8:22 am

are negotiations with the taliban still on?

Amritsari
June 16, 2013 10:08 pm

@Erum Qayyum: They are not terrorists. They are freedomfighters of Balochistan.

Shubs
June 17, 2013 12:22 am

@Mobashir Ahmad: When will this delusion end among Pakistanis? It's been three or more generations since the partition. No Muslim lives "under" Hindu or whatever majority in India. India is a democracy, not a theocracy. People don't elect religious leaders, they elect political leaders. One can sympathize with you not ever having participated in true democracy to understand what it really means, but willful ignorance, almost seven decades after the fact, is bewildering! But then again, as much as Indians would like you to understand that people in India are Indians first, and Muslims or Hindus later, we have come to realize that it really doesn't matter what you think. Muslims in India thank their stars every single day that their forefathers made the right decision.

Shahrukh Hamid
June 17, 2013 5:09 am

I DONT BELIEVE any Pakistani can do this. Lets not jump to any conclusion yet because we dont know yet with 100 % confirmation. May be some heendu raw agent did this this , who is trying to divide Pakistan but lets wait truth will soon come out.

Hussam
June 17, 2013 10:32 am

@Naeem Uz Zafar Khan: Pakistan created Talibans, and it appears that this country will remain a safe haven for them. Let this country be burnt in the fire them have created for themselves.

Hussam
June 17, 2013 10:39 am

@shoukat sheikh: The only solution: To recognize the great Baluchistan with no Punjabi in !!! More and more operations will be carried out throughout Pakistan.

marwa
June 17, 2013 2:54 pm

i dont get what was fault of the house in all fight what is the purpose of destroying the history of pakistan i mean why is they doing this cant they live in peace well this pakistan need a strick leader.............

marwa
June 17, 2013 2:54 pm

@Ram mohan sharma:well thankx for keeping it safe we are very gratefull to indian government atleast you people respect our history i wish all pak people have same thoughts about history.

Muhammad Rehan Rasheed
June 17, 2013 4:17 pm

The third Sunday of June celebrated as Father’s Day world wide. Today I am in such a embarssing situation that I can’t able to protect and safe the belongings of My Father. Someone has torched my entire heritage. My father’s asets were the only sweet memories of my perturbed life and gave me hope that I will fullfill your goals for which you have devoted your whole life for my better future. Memories need to be shared, and this is what I have left for my own son. Sharing heritage of those we've lost is how we keep from really losing them but today I have lost everything to share. I am sorry Quaid e Azam “The Father of the Nation”

amna hammad
June 17, 2013 6:22 pm

This is truly heart breaking.....but does not mean war but as we cannot change wht has been done we can change wht has to come. we can request the gov. for the rebuilding of the house by silent protests.{with candles and banners}

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