Ziarat Residency: Restoring the house that Mr Jinnah called home



The Express Tribune: August 14, 2014

ZIARAT: “We have a tradition in our Pashtun culture,” says Feroze, the manager of a guest house in Ziarat. “When there is a shaadi or a baby is born, we get out our guns. We’re happy! We fire!” A little after 1 am on June 15th last year, Feroze woke to the sound of gunfire. “I thought someone had their first baby boy because it was so intense,” he said. A few minutes later, he learned that Ziarat Residency, Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s home in his last few days in 1948, had been attacked by militants.

The bomb disposal squad removed six more bombs planted inside the house, but not before furniture, artifacts and photographs inside were burned and one police official lost his life.

Within a month, architect Nayyar Ali Dada was approached to oversee the Residency’s restoration. While he has a record of such conservation projects, it was Dada’s prior experience with the house that made him, as he puts it, a ‘natural choice’ – in the 1990s, the government recruited Dada to convert the Residency into a museum space after a fire.

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I didn’t feel much like celebrating Pakistan this year, so I put out an open call for images from your parents/grandparents/family archives. Got such fantastic contributions from all over Pakistan, with great anecdotes/family histories. One photo every day, taking you back to a time when we had a lot more to celebrate. Today’s photo is one of my favourites 🙂 Most of the slots are full but if you’d like to contribute a photo, get in touch with me at sanam.maher@tribune.com.pk

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