ZIARAT: Located in the mountainous Ziarat valley, Quaid-e-Azam’s Residency, which was destroyed by the militants in June 2013, has been restored to its original glory.
The construction work, which was initiated under the supervision of renowned architect Nayyar Ali Dada, was completed in record four months. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the restored building of the Residency on Wednesday.
Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Shareef, federal ministers Abdul Qadir Baloch, Jam Kamal Khan and Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai and Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, PML-N Balochistan President and senior minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, Commander Southern Command Lt General Nasser Khan Janjua, cabinet members, MPAs and provincial Chief Secretary Saifullah Chatha were also present.
Ziarat Residency, a rest house used by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his last days, was burnt to ashes when militants attacked it on the night between June 13 and 14, 2013.
The provincial government did not accept the offer by the federal government and donors for the re-construction of the national monument. “Quaid’s Residency has been restored to its original shape at a cost of Rs 140 million,” said the chief secretary while briefing the prime minister.
“Under the supervision of Nayyar Ali Dada, the execution committee worked day and night to rehabilitate the building,” he added. He noted that the terrorist act had almost razed 8,000 square feet area of the building. Only some material, including stones used in the walls and metal tubs, etc remained safe.
“Diyar, teak and some other precious wood has been used in the reconstruction of the building,” he added.
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