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The Magnificent House Of Quaid e Azam

It came out as a surprise as half of the people of Karachi are unaware of Quaid-e-Azam’s beautiful house. Yes, it’s not Mohatta Palace, it’s not his tomb. It’s a place where he lived for a short time with his sister.

While passing from Shahra-e-Faisal on a bright afternoon, a huge stone building on the left came to the notice. Located on Fatima Jinnah Road, It came to the knowledge that it used to be Mister Jinnah’s very own residence which has now been made a Museum, with proper visiting hours.

It is allowed to take the car inside the driveway; the caretaker of the Museum Rasheed was delighted on the visit. And was kind enough to show the whole place with the right information, it came to the knowledge that hardly people ever visit here.

The beautiful building was designed by Moses So make. It was Quaid-e-Azam’s personal house which he bought in 1943 from a Parsi businessman for about one lac fifteen thousand. The House was furnished after partition with the belongings that Quaid brought from Delhi and Bombay.

The house earlier was known as the Flagstaff house because it was situated at an exclusive area of the Staff Lines.

After the death of Mr. Jinnah, Fatima Jinnah lived here till 1964; she then shifted to her house in Clifton. The House was taken by the Government of Pakistan in 1985. Since then, it has been restored and declared as an official museum. It still has the furniture, shoes, crockery and other items of Quaid-e-Azam and Fatima Jinnah.

As Rasheed opened the house a wooden smell lingered the nose, it was the furniture’s smell locked and trapped inside the house!

There are two drawing rooms; the main drawing room is on the ground floor with a beautiful carpet and a study area on its side.  In front of the dining room there’s a sideboard with a ceramic washing bowl with beautiful patterns over it.

Breakfast table is on the first floor, dining room on the second floor. The second drawing room was built for special guests; and is smaller in size than the main drawing room.

All these rooms are so well kept without even a hint of dust; that it actually looks like they arestill in use.

Both bedrooms have their own separate dressing area. Entering in Jinnah’s room it was again observed the class he had by only looking at his belongings. His room has a Dark brown colored furniture; a single bed with a picture of Rati Jinnah on the table next to his bed.

Fatima Jinnah’s room has a small sitting area with a single bed and table, with her slippers right next to the bed; giving the thought she still lives here and perhaps has gone out for some work.

It was an absolutely wonderful, informative and a truly inspirational experience visiting the Founder’s House.Educational institutes should take their students and should mark this place for their excursion trips.

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