Dilip Kumar was keen to gift Pakistan ancestral property: Nephew
Dilip Kumar's nephew in Pakistan, Fuad Ishaque on Friday claimed to have with him the proper and legal power of attorney of Kumar's prime property in Peshawar. He claimed that the legendary actor, who has great respect for the people of Peshawar, was keen to gift his ancestral home to them.
Ishaque claimed that Kumar drafted power of attorney in 2012
Ishaque, who is an industrialist and former President of Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told PTI that he has proper and legal power of attorney of the property in Peshawar in his name. He claimed that the 98-year-old veteran Bollywood actor had drafted the proper power of attorney in 2012.
Statement comes after owners, government were urged to end stalemate
Ishaque's statement came days after the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and the owner of Dilip Kumar's ancestral house were urged to reach a settlement over the rate fixed for the purchase of the historic building for converting it into a museum.
Kumar often shares memories about Peshawar: Kumar's spokesman
Ishaque said that the love and affection Kumar has for Peshawar has never diminished from his heart. Last week, Faisal Faroqui, a Peshawar-based spokesman for Kumar, said that the Indian legendary actor always discusses his memories and association with his birthplace, Peshawar, and the ancestral home in Mohallah Khudadad where he was born in 1922 before being shifted to India in 1935.
Fans were enthusiastic about historic building being converted into museum
Faroqui said, "The family and the fans of the legend were enthusiastic over the Provincial Government's decision to convert the historic building into a museum to honor him and preserve its contribution to the Indian cinema."
Archeology Department stopped owner from demolishing the house
The price of Kumar's four marlas (101 square meters) house has been fixed at Rs. 80.56 lakh (US$ 50,517). However, the owner has refused to sell the building, saying the prime location property has been severely undervalued and demanded Rs. 25 crores for it. The Archeology Department has stopped several attempts made by the owner to demolish the house and construct commercial plazas.