LAHORE - Despite all opposition from various quarters, the Punjab government on Saturday handed over assets of the historic Jinnah Garden to the Parks and Horticulture Authority. For this, the Agriculture Department, which has been a custodian of the Garden for the last 147 years, has given a detailed list of the assets to the PHA. Director Floriculture Dr Tariq Zaman was given the responsibility of handing over the assets by Secretary Department Arif Nadeem. According to the list, the Jinnah Garden, also popularly known as the Lawrence Garden, has two libraries, two restaurants, a mosque, four clubs, five nurseries having over 0.5million plants, two children parks and 7000 trees of 134 types, which are spread across 140 acres. Moreover, 270 employees are working at the Garden, and they will be employees of the PHA now. Director General PHA Dr Raheel Saddiqui vowed to bring the Garden back to its old shape. After the handing over of the assets, a comprehensive plan will be prepared for this, he said, while adding that the employees would be part of the PHA team. Two committees had been constituted for handing and taking over procedure. The PHA committee comprised Director Monitoring and Operation Shahid Nadeem, Incharge Zone-1 Muhammad Nawaz Ramay, Incharge Nursery Muhammad Tehseen and representative from administration. Agriculture Department committee included Director Floriculture Dr. Tahir, Assistant Director Engineering Sohail, Deputy Director Afzal Ansari, and Superintendent Administration Ijaz.