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The treasured national monument was burnt to ashes when militants carried out bomb attacks on June 15, 2013. -File Photo
The treasured national monument was burnt to ashes when militants carried out bomb attacks on June 15, 2013. -File Photo
Established by English Colonial rulers in 1861, the residency served as a resting place for Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. -File Photo
Established by English Colonial rulers in 1861, the residency served as a resting place for Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. -File Photo

QUETTA: The Balochistan government has planned to inaugurate Ziarat Residency, the rest house used by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah during his final days, on August 14 this year.

Currently work is going on in full-swing on the reconstruction and restoration of Ziarat Residency which is spread over 8000 square feet.

Established by English Colonial rulers in 1861, the residency served as a resting place for the founding father of the nation. Located in the mountainous Ziarat valley, the residency is surrounded by thousands years old ancient juniper trees.

The treasured national monument located in the sleepy town of Ziarat was burnt to ashes when militants from the outlawed Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) carried out bomb attacks on June 15, 2013. So intense was the attack that the flames took days to be extinguished.

More than 50 labourers, engineers and other technical staff have been making hectic efforts for the last three months to ensure restoration and reconstruction of Quaid’s residency to its original shape.

“The inauguration would be done by president or prime minister on the Independence Day,” Ali Zaheer Hazara, the Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Balochistan told reporters on Tuesday.

It is worth noting that the government of Balochistan has turned down the support of the federal government and international donor agencies to restore the national monument. Instead, it made the most of its own resources and allocated Rs 140 million for the purpose.

“Today, the wooden roofing of the residency was completed,” Abdul Jabbar Kasi, an engineer from Communication and Works Department said.

“We made drafts and blueprints of the damaged parts of residency on butter paper and then we started working on the structure,” Kasi explained.

The wood of the residency was burnt during the attack while the stone structure was severely damaged. Further damage occurred when the fire fighters’ tried to control the raging fire.

“Only the iron survived in the attack. All woodwork was burned and stones damaged,” Kasi said.

To restore the house to its former glory, additional stone was brought in from Lahore and well-known experts were hired to rehabilitate the structure as close to the original as possible.

“Three types of wood is being used in the construction of residency,” Kasi informed, adding: “Almost 90 per cent of the residency was destroyed in the attack that lasted for hours.”

Security was beefed up in and around the residency in the aftermath of the June 2013 attack. More than 50 personnel of the Frontier Corps, police and Levies were deployed around the residency to avert any untoward incident. Similarly, pickets were established at all exit and entry points of Ziarat to ensure peace in the picturesque town located in north of Quetta.

Comments (20) Closed

aaa May 14, 2014 01:44am

Thank God we have so many feelings towards this place.

Saqib May 14, 2014 02:08am

May Jinnah's soul forgive our nation for this sin, and may he rest in peace under protection of Allah.

Malik May 14, 2014 05:08am

What is being done for its permanent security? How come no culprit was caught in this heinous crime so far?

zafar May 14, 2014 06:45am

The role of Baluchistan Government is showing true patriotism. Well done Baluchistan Government.

GA May 14, 2014 08:06am

This was an attack on Pakistan itself. Let the attackers know that we are not easily ruffled by their cowardice. Good job with the rebuilding.

Daansih May 14, 2014 08:16am

Excellent work.

Pakistan Zindabad.

Ag Babar May 14, 2014 09:54am

Govt of Balochistan Zindabad , Pakistan Paindabad

Zak May 14, 2014 10:22am

The people's love for Pakistan is reflected in their efforts in restoration of this residency linked to Qaid e Azam. The greatest non religious leader in history. Qaid e Azam - thank you for our nation. Foreign funded terrorists and traitors can destroy a building but they cannot destroy the spirit and love of pakistan

saleem Hunzai May 14, 2014 11:00am

we must be thankful to Mr.Hashwani who made all this happen from his personal money..Govt has 0% role in reconstruction process thanks Mr.Hashwani..God Bless you..

edwardian May 14, 2014 01:34pm

This shows true spirit of real Pakistani resilience. Accidents and attacks happen all over the world but very few, chosen one can get back to their feet again.

This is a big slap on the face of the organisation and their leader who thought they can destroy Pakistan's heritage.

Sonny Afridi May 14, 2014 01:59pm

Well done to the Provincial Govt. of Balochistan for the hard work and dedication. Long live Jinnah Sahib's legacy and Jinnah Sahib's PAKISTAN

hussain May 14, 2014 02:43pm

'Reforms should be introduced in NWFP and Baluchistan (M.A Jinnah,1929), Alas had our leaders heeded to their father we would not ve witnessed mayhem in our motherland!

Sher Ahmed May 14, 2014 03:45pm

What actions have been taken against the terrorists responsible. We must give them the harshest punishment to ensure such despicable behaviour is not repeated.

sarah shah May 14, 2014 04:33pm

quaid-e-azam we are really feeling ashamed off......whenever i look at this picture of my dear quaid,s residency it brings tears in my eyes....

sarah shah May 14, 2014 04:40pm

welldone mr dr abdul malik baloch....reconctruction in original shape is best work....

Asim May 15, 2014 02:53am

@Malik When was the last time we heard a culprit caught for any crime there? I have yet to hear a trial of a militant or target killer. After thousands of innocent deaths, not a single one brought to justice.

FJ Siddiqui May 15, 2014 05:40am

@hussain You hinted to the most important aspect. We have become so superficial. Don't try to hit the problem at its roots. To control drug abuse in their country Australians focus on demand side of the problem instead of supply side as research informed that if demand goes down, price go down, incentive goes down and risk goes up, the business becomes less lucrative. Strategy: Raise awareness. Else, expensive option: strict border control that reduces supply, increases prices, makes business more lucrative, leads more innovative ways to import, makes it even more difficult and expensive to control in the presence of stable or increasing demand.

Unless we adopt similar meticulous approach towards each of the problems we are facing now, we will be choosing highly inefficient ways to keep things under control. Must improve our problem solving skills!

Ghulam Zaheer Ud Din May 15, 2014 06:03am

Very good and appreciated. Thanks to Baluchistan Government.

Talha May 15, 2014 09:52am

Our Balochi brothers are as patriotic Pakistanis and the government of Balochistan has proven that too. Well done Balochistan Government!! Pakistan zindabad!!

hamid baloch May 15, 2014 02:15pm

As I Baloch, I am so glad Balochistan government on their own funds reconstructed the residency. We shall protected it with our lives next time. Pakistan Zindabad!