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Remembering the Jinnah House, Lahore

The name of Jinnah House Lahore emerged in the public consciousness following the destructive riots of May 9th, during which the house was set ablaze by a mob. Currently, this historic site serves as the residence of the Corps Commander Lahore. This house holds significance as it was once owned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, despite his ownership Jinnah never resided in the Lahore house, as he was deeply engaged in the struggle for freedom during the time of its purchase in 1943.

In 1943, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah acquired the Lahore house from Mohan Lal Bashi. However, due to the demands of his leadership role in the fight for independence, Jinnah was unable to personally occupy the property at that time. Subsequently, the British Army requisitioned the house and handed it over to Syed Murtab Ali, Jinnah’s representative, in January 1948.

In 1948, the Pakistan Army took possession of the property, renting it for Rs 500, and later purchased and transformed it into the residence of the Corps Commander.

Jinnah’s Lahore house was one of three notable properties he owned before the Partition of British India. In addition to the Lahore house, he possessed similar palatial residences in Karachi and Mumbai, reflecting the significance and prominence of his role in the creation of Pakistan.

The recent devastating incident involving Jinnah House in Lahore has brought attention to this historic property and its connection to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. While the house remains a symbol of national heritage, it’s the right time to rebuild the house and declare it as national heritage.

The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of safeguarding and respecting the historical legacy of individuals who played pivotal roles in shaping the destiny of nations.