New Delhi: On Thursday, India strickly rejected Pakistan claim of ownership of the Jinnah House in Mumbai and said the property belongs to it.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said “ Pakistan has no locus standi as far as this property is concerned. It is a government of India’s property and we are in the process of renovating it”
In Mumbai, The Jinnah house on Malabar was designed by architect Claude Batley in European style and Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah lived there in the late 1930s. Pakistan has been demanding that the property is handed over to it for housing its Mumbai consulate.
However, The Spokesperson Mr. Kumar said that the government is considering putting the Jinnah House into use on the lines of the Hyderabad House here. The government uses the Hyderabad House for holding a meeting and hosting banquets for foreign dignitaries.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said “ We have a claim over it (Jinnah House) and we do not accept that anyone tries to take custody of it. They (Indians) have accepted that it belongs to Pakistan”
The claim over the property come from Pakistan after External Minister Sushma Swaraj, in a letter to Mumbai city BJP legislator Mangal Prabhat Lodha said that government was in process of renovating the Jinnah House.
In August 2007, Jinnah daughter Dina Wadia approached the Bombay High Court claiming that being the sole legal heir of Jinnah, she should get the possession of the house. After her death, her son and Wadia Group chairman Nusli Neville Wadia is carrying on the litigation.
Mr. Kumar revealed after asked about the court case initiated by Dina Wadia “ It has nothing to do with who is contesting. This property belongs to the government of India”