Res­i­dency is Back

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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