Pakistan opens President House to public

TNN Bureau. Updated: 12/9/2018 5:14:58 PM Politics

Islamabad, Dec 9 : The common man in Pakistan became privileged on Sunday, when the President House opened its doors to the public, for the first time in the country's history.

Earlier, the Pakistan government had opened Governor Houses in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, apart from a state-owned rest house in Murree to the public, as part of the government's plans to allow the people to access state-owned buildings.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the visitors at President House, Pakistan President Arif Alvi said 'We have made efforts to fully facilitate public visits to Aiwan-i-Sadr.'

People will get access to Aiwan-i-Sadr twice a month, from 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs, while the Capital Development Authority (CDA) will also be directed to open the adjacent park to the President House, said Mr Alvi.

The historical documents and belongings of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan would also be displayed at the President House, he added.

'We will request Parliament to give the historical document of the 1973 Constitution signed by its makers and it will be displayed here for the public,' the Dawn quoted Mr Alvi as saying.

Stating that he wanted to bridge the gap between the President House and the masses, which had widened in the last 70 years, the President said the Aiwan-i-Sadr was open to school and college trips, as well.

Earlier, a large number of people from twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad visited the highly secured building of Aiwan-i-Sadr.

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