1,061 Karachi buildings declared national heritage

KARACHI: Sindh government’s culture department has declared 1061 more private and public buildings as national heritage in the provincial capital.
The department notification includes Karachi Gymkhana, Ayesha Badani School, Metropole Hotel, PC Hotel, Bombay Hotel (Cantt Station), PIDC House, Capri Cinema, Prince Cinema, Nishat Cinema, Saifee Hotel, Nigar Cinema, Alpha Restaurant, Seventh Day Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Jagirdar Hotel FTC Hall, Sindh Medical College, Jinnah Hospital, Baloch Officers Mess, and other buildings.
Owners of some private building say that they had not been taken into confidence on this decision. The notification says that consultation would be sought in a month. It is being alleged that the notification had been kept confidential so that the owners could be blackmailed.
They also questioned the criterion on the basis of which some buildings had been declared national heritage. Metropole Hotel spokesman Imtiaz Mughal said court would be moved against the government’s decision.

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