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  1. #1
    Oct 2004
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    After Sindh, Governor House Murree opens for public [UPDATE Post # 3]

    KARACHI: Within minutes, after a basic security check and the act of depositing one’s national identity card, the Governor House was accessible to the general public early Friday morning to partake in its glorious history, treasured artefacts, and lush green gardens.

    Such a precedent has never been set before, and though the early morning dew did not witness a large turnout, as the Karachi morning warmed, the crowds swelled and thoroughly enjoyed not just the grounds of the Governor House but also its other sections.

    The promise of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf to allow public access to the state building was followed through when Sindh Governor Imran Ismail was himself present to greet the people and take a turn around the gardens as well as some sections of the building that have been cordoned off.

    Imran Ismail greets families upon their arrival at his official residence

    Visitors were happy to see first-hand the office of the Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and eagerly took in the memorabilia present, including photos.

    Governor Ismail expressed his joy at the sight of the public enjoying the previously forbidden grounds of the sprawling Governor House.

    “We had promised change in Pakistan and today indicates the beginning of this change. The public is welcomed to the Governor House and you will not face any problems here. All you need to do is come to the entrance with your NIC and explore the treasures it houses and the beautiful gardens.”

    Guided tours planned

    He also urged the public to take active interest in the country’s well-being. “Guided tours will also be introduced in a few days and we want the parks of the Governor House to be used by public without any hesitation so they can benefit from the history of this place. Everyone should follow the instructions displayed and take ownership of this space.”

    The presence of security was marked with police and Rangers deployed at different points within the premises to keep things under control. Initially, only families have been allowed entry and prior written permission needs to be taken for visitors coming in groups.

    Students, men and women, old and young all trickled in and enjoyed taking selfies and interacting with the governor.

    Instructions in Urdu are visibly displayed and underscored the need to keep the premises clean and tidy. Visitors have also been asked to respect the greenery and not trample on the plants and flowers that are lovingly taken care of by the gardeners.

    Some visitors suggested that the gardens should house more native species of flowers and trees that are representative of the old green Karachi that once was.

    At one end of the Governor House grounds is a Frangipani tree, at another end the Ashoka tree stands while the imposing Banyan tree demands the attention and respect of the visitors.

    However, the birds living in these trees were not too happy with the influx of visitors and the crows in particular were very vocal each time a visitor would linger for too long under the trees. They probably are not used to being interrupted so early in the morning. Let’s hope they become more welcoming over time.

    Visitors are allowed to enter the Governor House from Gate No 1; timings of the visit are from 6am to 9am every day and from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Sunday.
    Last edited by MoJoJoJo; 9th September 2018 at 19:17.

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  2. #2
    Nov 2010
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    Nice move by PTI. At least, the people of Sindh would get to see difference in the life style of their elected reps and the common Sindhies.

  3. #3
    May 2017
    Somewhere in Pakistan
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    Governor House Murree opens for public

    LAHORE: After Governor House in Sindh opened its doors to public for the first time, it emerged on Sunday that the Governor House in Murree has been made accessible to the public as well.

    The decision came after Governor Punjab Chaudhry M Sarwar gave the order upon Prime Minister Imran Khan’s directives.

    Public will be able to visit the Governor House in Murree from 10 AM to 6 PM.

    On Sept 7, Sindh Governor House opened its door for citizens. Speaking to the media, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail had said a complaint cell would be created at Gate Number 4 of the Governor House. "During the week, for a day I will monitor the cell," he said.

    The public has been allowed to walk in the spacious garden and permitted to enter the historic building.

    Following the win in the recent general election, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said it would take austerity measures to curb excessive expenditures and promised to end the VVIP culture of government functionaries.

    The party’s nominated governors in Sindh and Punjab, Ismail and Chaudhry Sarwar, had also promised to use the minimum resources for themselves from the government expenditure.

  4. #4
    Dec 2012
    Indian Ocean
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    Doors of Governor House Punjab opened for public

    LAHORE: The Governor House Punjab was opened for public starting Sunday.

    A large crowd gathered outside the building before the given time – 10am.

    People were allowed in from the gate on Kashmir Road, after showing the national identity card of the head of their family.

    The building was opened following an announcement by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar regarding opening the building every Sunday.

    As per the announcement, families will be able to visit the Governor House between 10am and 6pm every Sunday.

    The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government announced to open official buildings for public use soon after taking charge.

    Recently, Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood announced the Prime Minister House will be turned into a postgraduate college.

    "Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided that he will not stay in the PM House and governors will not stay in Governor House to cut down on costs," he said.

    The Governor House in Lahore will be used as a museum and art gallery, while a garden on the premises will be opened for public, Mehmood further added.

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