Residency is Back
The Ziarat Residency, which was destroyed by militants in June 2013, has been restored by a team of architects led by Nayyar Ali Dada. The place served as Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s last abode in 1948 when he spent the last few days of his life in Ziarat, located near Quetta. Before razing it to the ground, the militants had burnt the furniture and historical artifacts and photographs in the building. Three kinds of wood had originally been used in the construction of the Residency; the architects tried their best to restore the historical edifice to its original form.
Work on the Rs.140 million project started in May this year. Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif inaugurated it on August 14. The ceremony was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Commander Southern Command, Lt Gen Naseer Hussain Janjua and senior bureaucrats.