Jinnah’s historic residence destroyed

Jinnah Residence

Pakistanis’ destroy founders legacy

A historic, 121 year-old, building used by Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Balochistan has been destroyed after terrorists targeted it with bombs and gun fire that triggered a blaze, that took over four hours to extinguish.

The Residency, built in 1892, was originally used as the Summer residence of the Agent of the British Governor General. Jinnah spent the last days of his life in the building while suffering from tuberculosis and the structure was later declared a national monument.

Not content with destroying Jinnah’s legacy by removing policies like minority rights, and the separation of State and religion that he guaranteed these extremists are now even destroying the physical signs of the great man’s existence.

Jinnah’s dream becomes nightmare for minorities

Hopes were high when Jinnah presided over the Constituent Assembly in 1947 and declared without doubt that freedom of religion was to be respected. It was his wish to lift up the economic and politically deprived Muslims from their backwardness that led to the support of many non-Muslim minority activists as well, notably Christians. In a time where major Muslim political groupings allied themselves with the Indian National Congress, the Christians in their legislation secured Jinnah the desired support the All India Muslim League needed.

His close friends and those amongst the founding fathers of Pakistan also belonged to minority groups. The first Law Minister Jogendra Nath Mandal is a Hindu from Bengal; his secretary and later the Chief Justice of Pakistan Alvin Robert Cornelius belonged to the Catholic Church. The long time, highly admired Foreign Minister Mr Muhammad Zafrullah Khan belonged to the Ahmadi sect. In addition, Jinnah himself belonged to the Shia denomination and many of the top leaders of the Pakistan movement were from the Shia, Ismaili and Ahmadi camps. Continue reading