Pakistan court constitutes commission to locate assets of Pakistan founder Jinnah, his sister

The commission headed by retired Justice Faheem Ahmed Siddiqui was constituted on November 16 on the order of the Sindh High Court

Updated - November 17, 2021 02:17 pm IST

Published - November 17, 2021 01:43 pm IST - Karachi

Muhammad Ali Jinnah. File

Muhammad Ali Jinnah. File

A Pakistani court has constituted a one-man commission to probe and locate assets and belongings left by Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his sister Fatima Jinnah.

The commission headed by retired Justice Faheem Ahmed Siddiqui was constituted on November 16 on the order of the Sindh High Court (SHC) during a hearing of a 50-year-old suit relating to the properties, including shares, jewellery, cars and bank balances, of Jinnah and his sister.

While Jinnah passed away in September 1948, a year after the creation of Pakistan, Fatima passed away in 1967 in Karachi.

The SHC Bench headed by Justice Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan at the hearing noted that as per the suit filed by Hussain Waliji, a relative of Fatima, all the listed valuables and assets of the brother-sister duo have not been discovered as yet and apparently disappeared, while many other items, which appeared in earlier reports, were also missing in the latest inventory prepared by an official assignee in the wake of an earlier order by the high court.

In its October 13 order, the SHC Bench had resolved that it would pursue recovery of all the listed assets left by Jinnah and Fatima and use all force available with it to bring these assets to surface.

Meanwhile, a separate case is pending in the Sindh High Court between the trustees of the Qasr-e-Fatima, commonly known as Mohatta Palace, in Karachi which was owned by Fatima and the government, which wants to build a medical college there.

The Mohatta Palace is presently a museum and arts gallery.

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