Quaid-e-Azam House

One of the major landmarks of this city (1 out of the 600 buildings officially protected under the heritage foundation) is the Quaid-e-azam house. Unfortunately, it is not visited that often by the masses, many dont even know where its located.

Pop Quiz: Where is the Quaid-e-Azam House located in Karachi?

quaid1.jpgMy first visit to this place was way back in 1997, when my mom and her friend decided to give us kids a touch of culture. Back then, the place was undergoing renovations and closed to public. We made up a story of visiting here from South Africa, and really wanting to see it.. and begged the curator to take us around. He agree’d and we got ourselves a grand tour into the life of Quaid.

The moment you enter the grounds, you are astounded by the expansiveness of the place. A large driveway leads upto the house, surrounded on both sides with gardens with well trimmed shrubs and other decorations. Once you enter into the house, it gives you the same feeling of nostalgia you get when entering any old building in karachi. The architecture inside is of small corridors leading to rooms with high ceilings. Furniture crammed everywhere, and a lot of display cases showing the items belonging to the Father of the Nation. These items were brought in from his other houses in Bombay and Dehli, since he ever had the chance to live here for long. It gives a unique perspective into ones life, an intimate connection with the past when you go through a display as personal as this. You see the writing desk, from where the Quaid wrote to various leaders supporting the muslim movement, you see the books he reffered to when fighting cases in court, and you see the drawing room setting (which we were told is in the exact state till now) of where he greeted both freedom fighters and british lords. You see paitings which he must’ve stared at while deep in thought and you see even the crockery used at that time for both personal and official meals.

You go around the backdoor, and visit a large courtyard, on which the annexe was built later. Here you see stables for horses, parking garages and the servant quarters.

All in all, it is quite an experience. I would definitely urge more people to go visit this place, and get a feel of what a part of our history is about.

Image courtest of InstecDigital

10 Comments so far

  1. shaDy (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

    I’ve been there once but I never went inside. Nice post!

  2. hassaan (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

    i went there about a year ago and Mashallah, people are looking after it. you’re not allowed to bring shoes inside too.

    but the roads which lead to this place were not well maintained. and its a long way from Quetta. Cant remember the city’s name though :$

  3. Absar (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

    I’ve never had a tour, but I think it’s on Fatima Jinnah Road?

  4. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    It is at the corner of Fatima Jinnah Road and the fag end of Shahrah-e-Faisal.

  5. Anathema (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

    opposite avari towers and metropole.

    erm. official name is “Flagstaff House”

    and sets to a thousand commercials and videos.

  6. dan (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 8:11 am

    What is the admission charge? And what are the timings?

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 11:04 am

    mashallah quite a few people know about this place :p

    yes, you are all right except hassaan.. this is the karachi house, your thinking about ziarat :p

    dan: admission would be 10 and timing i dont know :p sorry.. back then it wasn’t even open to public.

  8. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    if i am not mistaken ,Mohatta palace was also one of the property M A Jinnah owned and lived there for sometime with M.s Fatima Jinnah.

    on a related note
    Wazir Mansion is not Quaid’s birthplace


  9. BoZz (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    Instead of glorifying and trying to immortalize the dead which incidentally is not allowed in Islam, and basking in the deeds of other men, I think we should concentrate on our present actions, deeds, manners and attitudes.

    It would be more satisfying to hear the word ‘Mashallah’ for the people of our society than for one good man dead many decades ago.

  10. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

    Mashallah was used for people looking after the house i/o Jinnah.

    It is true that Mohatta Palace is more frequented compared to Wazir Mansion……coz of former being more accessible……Regular event organization has brought Mohatta furhter in the limelight..

    Nice post and certainly a place worth visiting..

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