The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has decided to renovate the house of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Mumbai and use it for diplomatic events in the future.
The house, which is known as South Court, is also likely to host a museum showcasing South Asian culture.
“The house is called South Court and not Jinnah House. It is now a property with the ICCR. It was lying unused for decades due to myriad court cases. But now there is absolutely no confusion and we will renovate the building and use it for different purposes including diplomatic events and exchanges, just like Hyderabad House in Delhi. Whatever it is, we are going to convey this abandoned mansion into a place of happenings in national interest.
Jinnah lived in this house until the partition of India in 1947. Pakistan has claimed the house for itself and wants to establish its consulate in the building, Jinnah had willed it to his sister Fatima Jinnah. The property was also claimed by Jinnah’s daughter, Dina Wadia, who was reportedly an Indian citizen and died in New York in November 2017.
India’s decision to renovate the house and use it for diplomatic events will likely to be viewed badly in Islamabad, which had in March last year asked New Delhi to respect its “ownership rights” to the property which “belongs to the founder of Pakistan and should be given to the government of Pakistan.
It should be better to demolish this building because their were reports in the past that Government will demolish this building because he the jinnah was one of the biggest traitor in the history of India and the biggest cause for the partition and the creation of Pakistan.