2013 Quaid-e-Azam Residency attack
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|2013 Quaid-e-Azam Residency attack|
|Part of the Balochistan conflict|
Quaid-e-Azam Residency, Ziarat, Pakistan
|Date||June 15, 2013
1:15 AM (PST)
|Target||Memorials in Quaid-e-Azam Residency|
|Weapons||Hand grenades and Rockets|
|Deaths||1 Pakistani policeman|
|Assailants||Balochistan Liberation Army|
|Four to five BLA insurgents on two motorcycles|
On June 15, 2013, the historical Quaid-e-Azam Residency was targeted with rockets, by militants belonging to the Balochistan Liberation Army. It was completely burnt down as a result of the intense attack.
Assailants attacked the heritage site with rockets and hand grenades immediately after midnight of June 15, destroying the residency, which housed the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in his last two months and ten days. Three rockets were fired from unknown location, killing a policeman identified as Muhammad Tahir Jan. Four to five terrorists on two motorcycles attacked the residency with bombs.
The wooden structure of the building was set ablaze due to the attack and fire-brigades had to be called in from Quetta. The fire was extinguished after a four-hour-long struggle, but the building had completely burned down.
It was reported by locals that residency was took over by armed men and they killed two unarmed watchmen. After that they planted bombs and hurled grenades when they left the residency.
Interior Minister of Pakistan, Chaudhary Nisar also presented preliminary investigation report of the attack in the National Assembly of Pakistan on the same day. He reported that there was firing and five explosions at the residency at approximately 1:15 AM.
The attack resulted in the destruction of all the old memorials of the residency, according to the report by the Pakistani police. The memorial chairs, beds, and historic photographs of the founder of Pakistan were badly damaged.
- The Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah Residency in Ziarat in a statement issued. He term the attack as a "national tragedy". He demanded investigations of the incident and "stern action" to be taken against the preparators.
- The Governor of Sindh Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan condemned the rocket attack on the residency, in a statement issued.He expressed "deep grief and sorrow" over the attack and termed it as "an attack on the whole nation". He also sympathised with the families of the victims.
- On the same day, the Chief Minister of Balochistan, Abdul Malik Baloch strongly condemned the act and said that the "perpetrators of the attack would be brought to book". A day of mourning was observed across Balochistan on June 16 over the deadly bombings targeting the Women University bus and the Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta, and the residency attack in Ziarat, which claimed 25 precious lives.
- On 16 June, the Senate of Pakistan unanimously passed a resolution on Saturday condemning the terrorist attack on the Residency. The resolution was moved by the Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq.
- Several political leaders also condemned terrorists’ attack on the Residency. In their statements issued here on Saturday, PTI Chief Imran Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, PPP leader Khursheed Shah and MQM leader Altaf Hussain have condemned attack on Ziarat Residency.
- The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif also condemned the attack, and expressed sorrow and grief over the casualties. He announced all measures to ensure the safety and security of national assets and heritage sites in future.
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned deadly attacks in Ziarat and Quetta, saying that "no cause can justify such violence.", in a statement issued by his spokesman. "The secretary-general also extended his condolences to the victims and their families, as well as the government of Pakistan", the statement said.
The Chief Minister of Balochistan, Abdul Malik Baloch assured that Jinnah's residence would be restored in its original condition. "I would even call foreign experts to restore the Ziarat residency in its original form," he said to the media.
On 16 June 2013, the Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan flew to Ziarat, and announced to rebuild the Residency within three to four months and said that it was a national heritage. “We are with the terror-hit people of Balochistan at this time of grief. We will also extend our support to the provincial government,” he said.
The reconstruction work was competed and the rehabilitated Ziarat Residency was inaugurated on August 14, 2014.
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