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Jinnah House in Mumbai

Pakistan has demanded India to hand over the possession of historical Jinnah House, the residence of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Mumbai after an MLA from India’s ruling party BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) called for the demolition of the building.

MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha who addressed on budgetary demands but echoed the sentiments of conservative Indians said, “The Jinnah residence in south Mumbai was the place from where the conspiracy of the Partition was hatched.”

“The Jinnah House is a symbol of separation; the structure should be demolished.” To prove that his idea would reduce to burden on the budget he told that India’s Public Works Department pays hundreds and thousands of rupees for the property’s maintenance.

Controversial statements of Mangal Prabhat Lodha had sparked outrage among many factions in India and Pakistan.

Responding to the outrageous demand of the BJP lawmaker, Pakistani foreign office spokesperson Nafis Zakariya said, “The Jinnah House in Mumbai was a residence with ownership of the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.”

The government of India should respect the ownership rights of Pakistan in this regards. “On various occasions, the Indian government has promised to hand over the property to the government of Pakistan but have not fulfilled their commitment as yet,” Zakaria said.

Since the extremist party BJP took power in India the future of minorities in the country is largely in jeopardy. The appointment of Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is one such example.

UP Government’s crackdown has, directly and indirectly, caused many people from Muslim and Hindu community to suffer from economic losses.The victims include producers, consumers, intermediaries and those who use the by-products for manufacturing purposes.

If politicians from extremist and biased mindset continued to assume charge in India, then the country may face the vandalism of mosques, churches, shrines and other sacred places belonging to minority religions.

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