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Thursday, August 20, 2009

117th Birth Day of Quaid-I-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah - Wazir Mansion - Birth Place of Quaid-I-Azam.

Karachi, a metropolitan city of Pakistan has the distinguish honour of having the birth place of our Father of the Nation, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He was born in 1876 in a three storey building situated on Chagla Street near Mereweather Tower, New Neham Road, which is now known as Quaid-i-Azam’s Birth Place. This building was acquired by Jinnah Poonja, the father of the Quaid-i-Azam in 1872. The area of this building is 125 Sq. Yards and was constructed with stone masonry.
Quaid-i-Azam spent his childhood in this building and from here he went to England in 1892 for higher education. Mader-e-Millat, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, the youngest sister of Quaid-i-Azam was also born in the same building on 31st July, 1893. After her birth, Jinnah Poonja had sold this building and shifted in a big rented house in Ramji Patia building. After independence, the birth place of Quaid-i-Azam was purchased by one Mr. Wazir Mohammad (Poonawala) and named it as Wazir Mansion. In May 1953, this building was acquired and handed over to Pak PWD for renovation and repair.
In August, 1953 this building was handed over to Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Pakistan who established a library on the ground floor and relics associated with the Quaid-i-Azam were put on display on first and second floors on this historic building. These relics include the furniture used by the Quaid-i-Azam, his library books, clothes and the bed on which he breathed his last.
This building has been declared by the Government of Pakistan as the National Monument. (Contributed by: Department of Archaeology & Museums, Government of Pakistan, Karachi) To celebrate the 117th Birth Day of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah Pakistan Post is issuing a commemorative postage stamp of Re. 1/- denomination on December25, 1993, depicting birth place of Quaid-i-Azam, Wazir Mansion.