Quaid’s mausoleum to be opened soon: commissioner

September 17, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Thursday said all-out effort would be made to get Mazar-e-Quaid opened for public very soon. It has been more than 20 days that the mausoleum is closed for public entrance since 28th August on the basis of security threat.

The commissioner said that the mausoleum has a significance as a most important heritage of the country and the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s resting place. Therefore, it must be opened for public as soon as possible after consultation with security agencies.

“This place has a unique importance where not only countrymen visit but foreigners as well. The places where people visit for recreational activities would not be let closed for longer,” he vowed.

Resident Engineer and senior member of Quaid-e-Azam Mazar Management Board Muhammad Arif told PPI that a threat similar to Ziarat Residence was received by the authorities and the mausoleum was temporarily closed until the threat is neutralized.

The Quaid-e-Azam Residency in Ziarat was targeted with rockets, by militants belonging to a banned outfit on June 15, 2013.

Mazar-e-Quaid is not only the tomb of the founder but other great leaders including Liaqat Ali Khan, the first prime minister of Pakistan, his wife Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan, Quaid`s sister Fatima Jinnah, Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar and Noorul Ameen are buried there. There is also a museum where Jinnah’s belongings are kept.

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