The author standing on the verandah around the Quaid-e-Azam Residency.
The author standing on the verandah around the Quaid-e-Azam Residency.
For more than half a century Ziarat has been famous for two things – the second largest Juniper forest in the world and the elegant Residency where the founder of our nation spent his last dying days. I’d always wanted to visit Ziarat and I finally got my chance around 10 years ago. I had planned to go back again, so special had been the visit, but that never happened and now perhaps I will never go back. I still have the photographs however, and all the memories that go along with an unforgettable journey through time and history.

It was the British who developed Ziarat into a hill station and made it their summer headquarters. The Quaid-e-Azam Residency, built in 1892, was actually the old residence of the agent to the British Governor General. According to the travel writer, Salman Rashid, it was “initially meant to serve as a sanatorium. At 2450 metres above the sea and pleasantly located amid a forest where the air is even today richly scented by juniper, it could hardly have served a better purpose. The building was permitted to serve its original purpose for a few years only. Early in the 20th century, it was appropriated to become the summer residence of the Quetta-based agent of the governor general”.

The Residency was the first place I went to visit upon reaching Ziarat. Our group (I had gone with a group of colleagues from LEAD-Pakistan) had to climb uphill to reach the metal gates that led to the lush green lawns with graceful Chinar trees and flower gardens. The double story house was even more picturesque than it appears in photographs with its wide verandahs supported by timber pillars and wooden floors.


LEAD colleagues on the staircase leading to the Residency.
LEAD colleagues on the staircase leading to the Residency.


I was glad to see that the Quaid’s residency was still in such great shape – some said thanks to the centuries old Juniper wood that was used in its construction. The dry, cool air on the Juniper covered hillside was good for the Quaid as he spent this last days battling advanced tuberculosis of the lungs, and trying to hold onto life. I could just picture him sitting on the verandah, staring into the thick Juniper forest that surrounds the Residency, contemplating the future. He probably knew he was going well before his time…


The interior of Jinnah's bedroom.
The interior of Jinnah's bedroom.


The Ziarat Residency was indeed a magical building soaked in history – the estate had long been declared a national monument and heritage site and it was well preserved. Inside, we climbed up a creaking, wooden staircase and peered into Jinnah’s austere bedroom with its graceful desk and tidy bed. On the wall were black and white images of him with his colleagues from Balochistan – I took pictures of him conversing with Qazi Isa (the grandfather of a good friend who looks just like him), who helped organise the Muslim League in Balochistan.


Jinnah with Qazi Isa in Balochistan.
Jinnah with Qazi Isa in Balochistan.


The Quaid often visited Balochistan and Qazi Isa prepared for him a pamphlet entitled: “Balochistan: Case and Demand”, which was a blueprint for the package of reforms to be implemented under the guidance of the Quaid. According to the website ‘Story of Pakistan’, “the work on the ‘Case and Demand’ for Balochistan partially started after independence but was put into cold storage soon after the death of the Quaid in the wake of the volatile struggle for power, which ultimately led to a series of undemocratic rules”.

The Residency in Balochistan is where the Quaid spent the last two months of his life and it marked an important last chapter in his history, and indeed the first chapter of ours as a young nation (only one year old at the time). Today, Liaquat Ali Khan (who was our first Prime Minister) is widely regarded as Jinnah's right hand man, but the events that took place in Ziarat during Jinnah’s last days indicate that this may not be entirely true. While Jinnah was convalescing in Ziarat, only a few weeks before his death, Liaquat Ali Khan and Chaudhry Muhammed Ali arrived one day to see for themselves the state of his health (it was precarious).

Liaquat Ali Khan climbed up the wooden stairs of the Residency to see Jinnah alone for around 20 minutes. Later, when Miss Fatima Jinnah went up to her brother’s bedroom to check on him, she noted that he looked distressed and deep in thought. In Shakir Husain Shakir’s book “Mohtarma Jinnah: Hayat-o-Fikar”, he has devoted a whole chapter to excerpts from Fatima Jinnah’s “My Brother”. He recounts an insightful anecdote about Liaquat Ali Khan’s visit to Ziarat. The Quaid-i-Azam asked his sister to join him at the lunch table. “They are our guests (p. 63)”. Later on we learn that Fatima Jinnah had left the table, because Liaquat was laughing loudly and telling off-colour jokes (p. 148)”. She was offended because her brother was clearly ill and dying.

It appears that Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan had developed some serious differences towards the end of Jinnah’s life. Some say it was over the issue of minorities. My father-in-law, Air Commodore (Retd) Sajad Haider who did some research on what happened during Jinnah’s last days for his book, “Flight of the Falcon”, wrote in the epilogue: “It was Liaquat Ali Khan’s responsibility to have burnt midnight oil to get a Constitution for Pakistan based on the ideals and principles which the Quaid had lived by. However, Liaquat Ali Khan was not a populist leader and his energies were spent on creating a niche and constituency for himself. His best advisor Chaudary Muhammad Ali, though a brilliant bureaucrat, was smitten by the fundamentalism of Maudoodi which manifested itself in the preamble he wrote for the first Constitution, making it religious centric by bringing Islam into governance. This was against the founder’s vision. Even before independence there was complete unanimity with the Quaid’s guiding principle that Pakistan would have a secular federal system of governance and a parliamentary form of democracy. It was never allowed to take root. The question which should agitate minds is why?”

In his book, “With the Quaid-i-Azam during his last days,” Dr. Ilahi Bakhsh, Jinnah’s personal physician, has provided a detailed account of the Quaid’s treatment at Ziarat and Quetta, and his final journey to Karachi. According to Dr. Ilahi Buksh, the Quaid’s condition actually started improving in Ziarat but then when he was brought down to Quetta for some tests, he developed an infection. Dr. Ilahi Bakhsh and other doctors informed Miss Fatima Jinnah that unless a miracle happened, there was no chance that the Quaid-i-Azam would survive for more than a day or two. Arrangements were made to fly Quaid-i-Azam to Karachi. When Jinnah finally arrived back in Karachi on the last day of his life, on 11 September 1948, a rickety ambulance was sent to receive him at the Mauripur Aerodrome without a nurse. The ambulance broke down on the way to the city and this must have hastened his end in the oppressive heat. His devoted sister, Fatima Jinnah, was with him all along; they had to wait for over an hour for another ambulance to arrive and Jinnah passed away later that evening.

In Fatima Jinnah’s own words, “When he died, at his bedside, there was nobody except his doctors and myself... For several years before his death there was a constant tug of war between his physicians who warned him to take long intervals of rest and short hours of hard work, but he did exactly the opposite, knowing full well the risk he was running, but cheerfully pursuing the task he had set himself, the attainment of Pakistan and the events that followed. After the establishment of Pakistan and the events that followed, he worked harder still. Often his doctors complained to me that he ignored their advice. Nor could I persuade him to pay enough attention to his failing health. His frail body could bear the burden no longer. His unconquerable spirit helped him to ignore the dark forebodings, writ large in his failing health…The Quaid-i-Azam is no more. He lived so that Pakistan may come into being. He died so that Pakistan may live…”

Sadly, it appears that the Quaid’s dream of a progressive and democratic Pakistan died with him in those last days in Ziarat. Ill and frail, he was unable to control the events that had been set in place – I was not aware until very recently that “there was generally an expectation that Fatima Jinnah would succeed her brother as Governor-General and that the cabinet’s choice of Khawaja Nazimuddin came as a surprise”. Fatima Jinnah eventually died an unhappy and broken woman, having lived long enough to see her brother’s vision shattered.


The doorway to the Residency.
The doorway to the Residency.


Today, the house that became a powerful symbol of the Quaid’s last days is no more – it has been burnt to the ground by forces that were set in motion years ago when Pakistan failed to become a discrimination free, inclusive democracy. The Residency’s structure was made almost entirely of wood; and it must have caught fire easily when the grenades were hurled at the monument in the late hours of the night. The destruction, whose beginnings were born in the last few months of the Quaid’s life in Ziarat, has come full circle. Today we mourn the burning of his house as the final epitaph.

The writer is an award-winning environmental journalist based in Islamabad, who also covers climate change and health issues. She can be reached at rinasaeed@gmail.com

The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Comments (78)

Jeeves
June 25, 2013 12:20 pm

They say that Jinnah was disturbed with the forcible eviction of Hindus from Karachi with the full backing of police and administration. When Jinnah expressed his displeasure with Liaqat, he is said to have tersely told Jinnah - They have to leave as all those coming from India are to be settled in Karachi only. Liaqat refused to listen to anything more on this topic from Jinnah and walked away leaving the ailing Jinnah fuming.

Nony
June 25, 2013 12:30 pm

Do we still believe that the vision Pakistan was created with was completely right but later on something went wrong because of some conservative leaders in Muslim League? Our discussion about all that has been happening to Pakistan after 1947 has been insufficient to let us reach a solution, so we should start looking into events pre 1947. Why are we scared of talking about whether it was historically a correct decision to put the burden of a new country on Religion?? I think only if we agree to the fact that very basis for the creation of Pakistan was too religious, conservative and from beginning we were destined to face what we are facing today, we would be able to think rationally with no bias. Having accepted that fact we can bring in something which helps this sinking ship to sail successfully. Either we do that or not is up to us but the fact remains "one has to fix the vision before getting into mission and tactics".

Gerry D'Cunha
June 25, 2013 12:39 pm

burning the quaid's house has burnt the image of pakistan with other drawbacks in our societies

Shehzad Zafar
June 25, 2013 12:40 pm

@Jeeves: Stop blaming founders of Pakistan. If this feature continued then countries foundations can be shaken easily.

just_someone
June 25, 2013 12:44 pm

This event really brought tears to my eyes.

How we have destroyed the vision of a great man for the last 60 plus years and now we have allowed for his last resting place to be destroyed as well.

I see no hope, only a miracle can save us now!

K G Surendran
June 25, 2013 12:47 pm

Religion as the centre point of statecraft is bound to affect society leading to disintegration and chaos. Pakistan was created for Muslims and as a natural consequence religion of the majority will be looked at as the guiding force by the leaders and masses, however, what queers the discourse is to identify the supreme arbiter in religious disputes for which there will not be a common meeting ground and hence violence would be the unintended offshoot.

Ravi
June 25, 2013 12:55 pm

Mr. Jinnah was secular and had respect for human values and religious tolerance. Religious intolerance in Pakistan due to religious misguided fundamentalism is destroying all human mutual respect, secularism and tolerance for which Mr. Jinnah stood. Even his historic symbol has been destroyed.

LQ
June 25, 2013 1:12 pm

@Jeeves: There is nothing happened like that. You are just bashing your own perception in the situation about which no one exactly knows.

@Miss Reena it was better to rename your article as "Jinnah-Khan clashes revealed sixty year later"

Shyam
June 25, 2013 1:13 pm

i find it disturbing that India had to be divided on religious basis. Could never understand that, especially when there are more muslims in India then Pakistan. And today someone burns down his house, for what reasons? Why was Jinaah symathetics to minorities when the basic reason for creating a nation was religion. Probably he used religion as tool but could not envision the repurcursions. The results are even till date - minority % has reduced in Paksitan drastically.

Zaman
June 25, 2013 1:24 pm

Thank you for the heart rendering piece highlighting the last days of the Quaid.

In a way, it is a good thing the Ziarat has also been made to disappear. Believe me, soon we will see the same with Pakistan, the so called Islamic republic with the ever increasing monopoly of the radicals. It's survival like the way it is going is shortlived.

By the way, was there any official condemnation of the destruction of the Ziarat from the Pakistani Ulemma clerics?

Wajeeh
June 25, 2013 2:46 pm

Very moving and equally sad. it seems that root cause of every problem our country is facing today stems from misinterpretation of religion?

Rao
June 25, 2013 3:27 pm

@Jeeves: your statement may be viewed by many as. Blasphemy.

Parvez
June 25, 2013 3:37 pm

Fabulous piece of writing. You have managed to say so much, objectively and yet with intense feeling. The fact that ' Pakistan ' as envisioned by its founder was high-jacked at birth is indisputable and tragic. Knowing this is important but going forward and building a nation with the concept of unity, faith and discipline is now more important than ever.........and faith does not and never did mean religion but simply faith in God.

Sagar Sohail
June 25, 2013 4:32 pm

Our wonderful society and great enlightened leaders should now pass a resolution against drone strikes, say that whoever burnt the Residency can not be a Pakistani and more importantly, a muslim and then they should build a Madressah on it's place. Bye bye Quaid's Pakistan, we are building the fortress of Islam.

Hulegu
June 25, 2013 4:41 pm

Good piece of information. This does changes my opinion about Jinnah a little. Before reading it I used to think of him as a fundamentalist using mask of a secularist.

Pakistani
June 25, 2013 4:40 pm

@Jeeves: Liaqat Ali Khan is not as honourable as the history has made him to be. A lot of his decisions including that surrounding Kashmir freedom led to destruction in the foundations of this country. History needs to be amended to reflect his true colours.

Laughingstock
June 25, 2013 5:31 pm

Maudoodi, Jamiatul Ulema and Ahrar failed to stop creation of Pakistan but they succeeded in breaking it up.

Ali Hassan Ayub
June 25, 2013 5:43 pm

I have great respect for our national founder. This is all so tragic and depressing. May God save this country from the enemy within and outside.

Thanks for an eye opening piece. I also have great respect for Air Com (Retd) S Haider whom I met at his Islamabad residence. A polished human being, a fantastic fighter pilot and patriot.

We must now combat these enemy forces - not just taleban but also enemy separatist groups like "Baloch" liberation army

Steppenwolf
June 25, 2013 6:02 pm

As a native of Balouchistan my sorrow is immeasurable to the burning of not only the residency but of the idea of democracy, equality and good will that Jinnah envisioned. I am solely reminded of the opening stanza of 'Ode To A Nightingale' to give voice to my lamentation:

MY heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:

indian
June 25, 2013 6:13 pm

..what a tragedy..it was shocking to know that ill father of nation was brought to Hospital all the way by his sister only!!..we are proud that Jinnah house in Mumbai was restored as memorial even though there is strong grip of SHIVSENA in mumbai..

G.A.
June 25, 2013 6:57 pm

Jinnah's residency is gone and his dream called Pakistan is no where in sight. Question is whether he managed to sow the seeds of that progressive Pakistan in people's hearts and minds?

Nizamuddin Ahmad
June 25, 2013 7:50 pm

I was a little boy lived few house down from Mr. Jinnah's residence on Lytton Road in Quetta. I remember the house in which he lived. Every one knew that Mr. Jinnah used to work in a glass room on the top floor during winter. My father was very upset when Mr. Jinnah died. My father was not a politician but always believed that " these people " will destroy Pakistan for which he had left every thing he had in the old country. He did not see his parents and two married daughters ever after the partition due to political conditions and being a Defense Department employee. What a price to pay for the love of new country. I wonder who he referred to as " these people".

BRR
June 25, 2013 7:57 pm

Jinnah was the willing tool of all the conservative mafia around him, and was perhaps easily manipulated to do their bidding to establish a Islamic nation, despite any reservations he might have had. His dissappointment during his last days at the turn of affairs was perhaps of one who had been conned by his own friends.

SBB
June 25, 2013 8:41 pm

That's a very touching article ,thank you for putting it out there. I did not know the details around Jinnah's last days nor about Ziarat. But it is believable that Jinnah's heart was broken by what his countrymen did to the Hindus of Pakistan... one would have to be a stone to ignore those events. Thanks.

ibn-tashfin
June 25, 2013 9:24 pm

Reverring a monuments is meaningless if we dont care about the personality behind it , unity gone , faith none , discipline what does that mean ??

ibn-tashfin
June 25, 2013 9:21 pm

@Shyam:

we are better off then muslims in India - they are only famous in films - rest is all hindu dominated

Rashid Sultan
June 25, 2013 10:00 pm

I do not mean to be irreverent but this fixation that our learned and no so learned citizenry has in referring to and stating Quaid, Mr Jinnah, as the founder of the state is rather over stated to the point of deifying the man. Perhaps this section of our society should urgently revisit history. There is ample evidence that there were a plethora of founders. And mostly they were the intelligentsia, nawabs and zamindars of U.P. which today is in India. Quaid was indeed a spokesman that these 'founders' had selected and appointed to engage with the British and the pre partition leadership of India in justifying partition to create a homeland for Indian Muslims. I digressed from the topic of the building known as Ziarat but it was well worth it to set a basic record straight. Pakistan was not even Quaid's idea. It was the less known mature student Chowdhury at Cambridge who came up with the idea of a state for Indian Muslims that the Quaid, at the time, thought was impractical and unworkable. One man or woman never founded a socio political entity. It is always a collective effort of many. Learn from it.

Rawal Rind
June 25, 2013 10:37 pm

@Jeeves: Do you have audio tapes to proof your point. Any eyewitness? stop spreading rumours

malik
June 25, 2013 11:57 pm

@Jeeves: And then Liaquat went on to write the Objective Resolution and there started our downfall.

Ali Khan
June 26, 2013 12:09 am

After reading this article, I can envision clearly that Quaid during his very last days of his life, knew that he made his biggest mistake in making Pakistan. I strongly believe that Quaid-e-Azam sacrified his life for the wrong nation. The nation where people never became ONE NATION till this date. The country where there is no equality. The country where poor became poorer and the corrupt became filthy rich. The country where religion is made as a base for everything...even killing innocent people. It is very unfortunate to see Pakistan in such bleak state.

Mahmood
June 26, 2013 12:44 am

@Shyam: All Quad-i-Azam wanted was to secure future of Muslims in united India so that Muslim with that size of population don't become a minority right after the independence. He tried his best to achieve that in united India. However when that seemed impossible, he opted for an independent country "Pakistan" to do exactly the same....Please read history and you will find your self....

Kamal
June 26, 2013 1:41 am

@Shyam: Don't blame Great visionary Jinnah for partitioning India.It was Nehru and Patel to be held responsible for this divide...please read carefully your own JASWANT SING'S un-biased disclosure in "Jinnah India- partition and independence" answer is there. This divide was well conceived and backed by majority Muslim of the sub-continent. This is the reality and we have to live side by as responsible neighbors.

AHA
June 26, 2013 1:50 am

@just_someone: The Pakistan of Jinnah ceased to exist many decades ago. We are only fooling ourselves now. Associating the present day Pakistan to Jinnah is an insult to this great man.

Asim Malik
June 26, 2013 2:21 am

This brings me to tears. We all are responsible for what our nation has become and we have not learnt even now when it really is too late. The current show of votes reflects that. God bless Jinnah.

Asim Malik
June 26, 2013 2:23 am

@Zaman: It was barely a news any where. Clerics have no concept of the real meaning behind Pakistan and Jinnah. One needs history books along with religious teachings to understand a world.

Asim Malik
June 26, 2013 2:27 am

@just_someone: We were hoping for that miracle to show up through the recent elections, however it is clear that the minds of the citizenry have strayed too far from embracing an honest leader.

Ashok R.Prabhu
June 26, 2013 2:55 am

This article clearly says that Quaid-E-Azam created Pakistan for ALL its residents which also included Hindus,Shias,Ahmediyas,Mohajirs (who chose to come to Pakistan leaving everything behind)Sindhis,Baluchis Bengalis etc,and not just for Sunni Muslims of Punjab.It was left to Liaquat Ali Khan and Mohamad Ali to violate the basic structure of the Pakistani state.Yahya Khan with the help of Z.A.Bhutto persecuted and alienated the Bengali Muslims.Gen.Pervez Musharraf brought in Talibans and also massacred the Baluchis.Now it appears that everyone is after annhillating the Shias who are as much Muslims as the Sunnis.Ultimately,who will save Pakistan?

Mansoor Qureshi
June 26, 2013 3:27 am

@Shyam:

Jinnha did not make Pakistan. It was created by bad politics of Nehru and biased behavior of Patel.Please read Jinnah by Jaswant Singh.

NL
June 26, 2013 4:29 am

Hey Sagar Sohail: No offence but the truth is that you have no insight, enough education, and very short sighted human being. Pakistan's founder is Qaide Azam and not people like you and in your catagory... So stop dreaming about your paradise...Pakistan is in mess because of ignorant, and JAHILS like you! May God Almighty give you insight, and commonsense, AMEN.

Ahsan
June 26, 2013 4:34 am

Beautifully written peace!

Aqil Siddiqi
June 26, 2013 5:04 am

A Nation Is Not Broken Until It's Broken From Inside. Today, Pakistan Is Broken From Inside. What kind of people are we. What kind of society we have become. A good way of saying thanks to a person, who has devoted every thing he has and more, so we can live an independent life and that, we shall have a "Home Of Our Own". Shame On Us. Aqil Siddiqi (Canada).

Aqil Siddiqi
June 26, 2013 5:04 am

@Sagar Sohail: Well Said. I agree with you.

Gujesh
June 26, 2013 8:10 am

Almost two weeks and nobody has come forward to rebuild it.

Sania
June 26, 2013 8:13 am

@Pakistani: I concur to your statement. If I recall correctly, Jinnah also stated that he has some bad coins in his pocket. Why did Liaquat Ali khan delayed the constitution & other fatal errors he made during his tenure just to keep his seat and power? He has got fake coverage in our textbooks. I hope someone make revisions and include those individuals who have done nothing but good for Pakistan.

Farooq Ali
June 26, 2013 9:37 am

We should not be discouraged by this cowardly act , and rebuilt a better building, with a statement written at entry that cowards provided us an opportunity to re build this for the nation. During human history many heritage buildings have been damaged or destroyed . But were re build in a better form.

sudipta
June 26, 2013 12:11 pm

Mr. Jinnah's basic assumptions and expectations were flawed at the very root. a nation that came into being on religious grounds can never be expected to become a secular democracy. pakistan has shaped up exactly as it should have...a theocratic religious nation that has no place for secularism. you cannot inspire the birth of a nation by dangling the religion carrot and then expect the people to become secular overnight!

Krish Chennai
June 26, 2013 12:38 pm

Maybe during his days in the Residency, the Quaid was contemplating on whether the discussions in the other great heritage building, in Shimla, the Vice-Regal Lodge, ( later named Rashtrapati Nivas ) where in the Summer of 1946, the sub-continent got carved, could have been more constructive.

Krish Chennai
June 26, 2013 12:40 pm

Maybe during his days in the Residency, the Quaid was contemplating on whether the discussions in the other great heritage building, in Shimla, the Vice-Regal Lodge, ( later named Rashtrapati Nivas ) where in the Summer of 1946, the sub-continent got carved, could have been more constructive.

Indian
June 26, 2013 2:51 pm

@ibn-tashfin: If it is so then Indian muslims are to blame. While hindus and christians limit their family size to 1 or 2 kids maximum, Indian muslims are still having large families never thinking about their future or the nation. Literacy rate is appalling among muslims even if they are given maximum incentives as minorities in the field of both academics and employment in India unlike in Pakistan. The sad truth about Indian muslims is also that many cannot give a 100% transparent account/statement of their income generated etc. A good majority lives on smuggling business, hawala income etc which are anathema to the majority community. If you want contrabrand in India, you just know who to look up. This is the 100% truth. Even in metros its easy to see how education is sidelined by many muslim families that give priority to business income. A hindu or a christian woman wouldn't fuss about a night shift for earning an extra income whereas the pride and honour of the muslim community wouldn't allow it - for instance. A good number are changing but not enough. Indian muslims will do well to keep their family size to 1-2 kids so that not only can their families prosper but also this nation will benefit. No point in having a grudge against the Hindu or the Chrisitian communities where education is accorded top priority and where families are prospering chiefly due to shrinking family sizes.

Tahira
June 26, 2013 3:54 pm

@Rashid Sultan:

Yes you are quite right dear. The same way our people are saying that A Q Khan is THE inventor of and father of Nuclear Power of the first Muslim country.

gary
June 26, 2013 4:03 pm

@ibn-tashfin: And you are dominated by americans, dependant on IMF money to survive.

gary
June 26, 2013 4:09 pm

@Shyam: Mr.Jinnah had no idea what he was doing. But he wanted power at any cost. he declared himself as the first governor general of Pakistan. Today's Pakistan is a legacy of what he started.He imposed Urdu as the language of the entire population which fueled creation of Bangladesh. He was never a statesman in the true sense of the word.

Another Me
June 26, 2013 4:58 pm

@NL:

I think it was meant to be sarcasm from Sagar Sohail and possibly taken the wrong way around by you.

Kamal
June 26, 2013 5:14 pm

@Gujesh: don't worry we are very notorious in this noble cause .......for breaking and than making things fast

Kamal
June 26, 2013 5:27 pm

@indian: I request all Indian.... Please do care of all leftover of our savior and visionary Jinnah who came to India and first joined Indian Congress to fight British occupational forces for free India.Shivsena could take chance.......

Kamal
June 26, 2013 5:59 pm

@Laughingstock:This is again wrong perception.....if someone is saying breaking of Pakisatn it indeed means for making one another new Pakistan.

Indian
June 26, 2013 6:52 pm

@Mansoor Qureshi: If it is indeed so, a billion hearts say thank you to Nehru and Patel. Good for India.

atif
June 26, 2013 7:51 pm

Based on the tag line: "The destruction, whose beginnings were born in the last few months of the Quaid’s life in Ziarat, has come full circle.", I was expecting an analysis of how Jinnah brought Balochistan and Kalat within the fold of Pakistan despite much Baloch opposition, and how that deal broke apart after his death.

SBB
June 26, 2013 8:07 pm

@Farooq Ali: Completely agreed.. it's time to rebuild something equally, if not more beautiful.

Krish Chennai
June 26, 2013 9:36 pm

@Mansoor Qureshi: If you read Jaswant Singh's book, he also clearly states, that the two-nation theory could, in as many words, be thrown into the dustbin of history, when, in December 71, a country called Bangladesh came into existence, with a greater population density of Muslims in its land area, that that of Pakistan. There's no way we can give the economic freedoms to the vast majority who inhabit this sub-continent, without doing a rethink on the foundations with which it was politically created.

Kamal
June 26, 2013 10:41 pm

@Indian: Amazing and myopic formula only for Muslim to cut family size...This is a kind of discrimination. You are more than billion so you better follow china's foot steps. One child per family formula should be applied only for Indians as your population is surging at a fast rate so you should learn something from your neighbor China I know hundred of Hindus in metropolitan Karachi and in Islamabad. They are doing fine and competing Muslim fellows and we respect them too.

Raja
June 26, 2013 11:57 pm

If Pakistan is so good then,why thousands of Pakistanis die every year?

Aebak
June 27, 2013 1:10 am

Very poorly written article loosely bases on rumor and gossip, insinuating a lack of character of Quaid e Millat without any historical basis. These comments should be limited to the drawing rooms of the drucken elitist company. The tragic condition and delay of the ambulance episode is factual but not based on malice on the part of the government, rather a lack of resources prevelant in all govt depts at that time which lacked even facilities such as paper, pencils, pens etc. This article was written with a decided conclusion in mind to conclude that the burning of Qaid's house was a culmination of negative energy produced between the founders Qaid e Millat, Qaid e Azam, Madir e Millat and others and therefore was a just end to a sorry place. Such a sedicious conclusion is totally unacceptable and a respected organization such as Dawn should serve the Pakistani people better by trashing such a submission to the trash bin where it belongs.

Pakistani
June 27, 2013 3:41 am

@Ravi: No he was true muslims ..........................good propogand though .........i know you guys are still soaking from 14 Aug 1947

mark
June 27, 2013 4:52 am

@NL: Commomsense is no commom, Amen

Abbas
June 27, 2013 5:23 am

@Farooq Ali: Brother are you planning to build it. If not then do not expect from others. You can not even condemn those who are on destruction spree. One day they will even destroy your voice because they believe in destruction and killing and they show it with actions

Bharat
June 27, 2013 5:22 am

@ibn-tashfin: ibn-tashfin June 25, 2013 9:21 pm @Shyam:

we are better off then muslims in India - they are only famous in films - rest is all hindu dominated ............ Yse sir - if you think so and against all evidence, and probably because there are a lot of lies in Pakistani history books, then please keep it that way. Us Indians will not be sorry to keep you away.

Bharat
June 27, 2013 5:23 am

I think that this blowing up a shai house is just another part of a Sunni Conspiracy

Bharat
June 27, 2013 5:31 am

@Gujesh: Nobody has come forward to rebuild it.?

Why would they ? It is a shia house.

Bharat
June 27, 2013 5:36 am

@Kamal: Nehru and Patel wanted partition?

Seems that you may be missing out on real history. Patel actually asked Jinnah to be made PM - Nehru said no... There should have been an election - and then Jinnah would have lost. secondly - The first vote for partition carried out on Muslims only - actually said no!!! That is when Jinnah insisted on a second vote - and pre voting they went on a campaign for changing Muslim minds.

All in all - that was a good thing for India - the saying is ' Good riddance to bad rubbish'

Krish Chennai
June 27, 2013 7:26 am

@Ali Khan: When you identify problems this way, please try to come up with solutions also. In 21st century it is not done to say "haay-haay" and beat our chests.

shyam
June 27, 2013 8:46 am

@Aqil Siddiqi: The same is true for India too. Unless we, the people, keep our religion, caste, creed, colour, gender aside and ebrace humanity and freedom - we will continue to be a third world country. Each one of us 'can do that'. Kaifi Azmi once said - "There is no Hindu who has muslim friends and no muslim who has Hindu friends, but when Hindus sit together they become Hindu (read anti muslim) and when muslims sit together they become muslims (anti - Hindu)." i dont remember exact verbiage but the this is gyst. So unless we stop our brothers from uttering wrong sentiments and voting for wrong reasons, no one can help. We can keep waiting for Allah/Ram for help or keep converting everyone on earth, it wont help.

Pathanoo
June 27, 2013 11:24 am

@Rashid Sultan: is right, there were more people involved in the creation of Pakistan than just Jinnah. Rashidis right again that Jinnah was against the creation of Pakistan initially.

Pathanoo
June 27, 2013 11:25 am

There is nothing sacred in the "Land of The Pak."

Pathanoo
June 27, 2013 11:36 am

It is a well known fact that Mr. Jinnah realized his mistake early on soon after partition but then it was a fate accompli. He was initially against creation of Pakistan but othing he could do about it after it. He was a broken man at the time of his death.

gary
June 27, 2013 2:57 pm

@ibn-tashfin:

Better to be dominated than being killed. And if you are illiterate and fixed on zakir naik, what else would you be? This is not happening in India only, but in the west as well.

manjiani
June 27, 2013 3:15 pm

@Ali Khan: hi ali dont speak blunt truth ,it is bitter .people in pakistan wouldnt like u .byt u keep the truth .it needs courage

Moazzam
June 27, 2013 6:44 pm

They burn down our monuments. One day they'll be burnt forever.

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