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Fate of Jinnah House to be decided soon: India

India had earlier decided to convert the property into a SAARC House, pointing out that Jinnah's legacy does not belong to Pakistan only.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 19:10 IST

India on Saturday assured to decide the fate of Jinnah House, familial property of Pakistan founder located in Mumbai, as expeditiously as possible, saying it understood the sentiments of the people of this country.

"I am fully aware of the sentiments of people of Pakistan in regard to Jinnah House. I respect the sentiments," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said at a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri in Islamabad.

He was responding to a question as to whether India will fulfill its commitment to hand over the complex to Pakistan.

"We are fully aware of the issue and we will resolve the issue as expeditiously as possible," Mukherjee said.

India had earlier decided to convert the property into a SAARC House, pointing out that Jinnah's legacy does not belong to Pakistan only but to the entire South Asian region. But Pakistan has been insisting that the complex be handed over to it.