ZIARAT: Militants hit Quaid’s residency today on 15th of June, 2013; setting the monument on fire.
According to the details, three rockets were targeted at the the residency of Founder of Pakistan, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. These rockets were fired from an unknown place, according to the initial reports. According to the police, the building is partially destroyed while the all the historical furniture, photographs along with valuable artefacts in the building annihilated completely.
While in contradiction, a policeman witnessing the incident said four militants on two motorcycles entered the residency and hurled hand held bombs.”All old memorials inside the residency have been destroyed,” he said. Whilst the Bomb disposal squad claims to have defused six more bombs planted inside the residency. The Police have confirmed that the militants were able to escape from the spot, unharmed.
The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed the attack on the Jinnah residency in Ziarat, while an initial report was presented in the National Assembly later on.
The Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar publicized that the residency had been attacked by five militants, who had removed the Pakistan flag and raised the BLA flag in its place.
District commissioner Nadeem Tahir said say that, “three rocket propelled grenades smash into the historical Quaid Azam Residency in the hill town of Ziarat in the early hours of the morning.” The illustrious monument set on fire is almost utterly annihilated while nearby houses were also damaged. This incident also claimed the life of a policeman on duty.“It seems that rockets have been fired from nearby mountains,’ a police official said.
This renowned monument, known as Jinnah’s Residency is remembered for the fact that Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam spent last days of his life here in 1948. Constructed in 1892, the building was intended to turn into a sanatorium owing to the presence of a dense Juniper forest in the surrounding area. Soon after, it was turned into a summer residence for the Agent to the Governor General. Fatima Jinnah in her book “My Brother,” mentions that Quaid-e- Azam adored the quiet and peace of this place.