Rs 80 million for Dilip Kumar's 'national heritage' home

Jul 20, 2014, 06:49 IST | Agencies

The current owner of the actor’s family home in Peshawar hiked the price once PM Nawaz Sharif declared it a national heritage

KARACHI: The current owner of Dilip Kumar’s family house in Peshawar, Akram Ullah, has demanded R80 million, post the four-storey house was announced as a national heritage by PM Nawaz Sharif recently. An official of the KP Culture Department had informed that the provincial government wanted to buy and reconstruct the house, even before the Prime Minister’s declaration, suggest reports.

Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu want to soon visit the house
Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu want to soon visit the house

The official added that Ullah had initially demanded Rs 35 million, but after the declaration, he asked for an unreasonable R80 million, at which the provincial government, that had offered only Rs 20 million, warned him that they could just take the property by law, as it was already declared a national heritage.

As per Shakeel Waheed Ullah, secretary general, Cultural Heritage Council, though Akram is the legal owner of the house, after the 18th Amendment, acquiring the house was the responsibility of the provincial government and should be taken at the earliest, as the residence was in a deplorable condition and could collapse any time.

He further mentioned that the actor’s wife, Saira Banu, had contacted and informed him that the Kumar was overjoyed with the decision and they both wanted to visit the house as soon as possible.

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