Pak asks India to ‘hand over’ Jinnah House in Mumbai

Vastavam Web: Pakistan has asked the Indian governmet to hand over the Jinnah house to that nation, the  , the sprawling residence once owned by Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah, following a BJP legislator’s demand that the structure should be demolished.

The house with grand columns, walnut panelling and Italian marble was built on 2.5 acres in Malabar Hills and its estimated value is $400 million. The residence has been at the centre of a long-running legal dispute over ownership between Jinnah’s daughter and the Indian and Pakistani governments.

“Pakistan has repeatedly expressed its desire to take possession of the property. The government of India should respect the ownership rights of the government of Pakistan in this regard,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria told a weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

“We also expect that the Indian government will fulfill its obligation of protecting that property and its upkeep,” he said.