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Jinnah's school in a state of disrepair

The Dawn - August 21, 2004

A school that should be the cynosure of all eyes, lies in a decrepit and forlorn state today.

The Church Mission Society (CMS) School where Pakistan's Founding Father Mohammad Ali Jinnah received his early education, has been left to rot.

Located a kilometer away from the Wazir Mansion, Jinnah's birthplace, the school has piled up broken furniture, a broken and caved in bamboo roof over its verandah, all signs of a lack of concern on part of its guardians.

While it does seem as if no effort is being made to preserve the old structure, suggesting a desire that the authorities would like the building to crumble, and replace it with new blocks.

One member of the school staff said that a while back, moves were afoot to renovate a part of the building where Jinnah had studied and declare it a national monument.

But it has just remained an idea.

The CMS Church was established after the first Protestant missionary, Dr Wilson, came to the city in 1850. Soon afterwards, Henry Preedy, the first collector of Karachi, established the school.

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