Minar e Pakistan Lahore

- Pakistani

Minar e Pakistan is one of the most important national monuments of Pakistan. Minar e Pakistan is a tall minaret in Iqbal Park Lahore. It’s next to Basdhahi Mosque which was built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir in 1673.

The site where Minar e Pakistan is built is the exact place where on March 23, 1940, seven years before the formation of Pakistan, the Muslim League passed the Pakistan Resolution (Qarardad e Pakistan). In this resolution Muslims demanded for a separate home land from British Government (who was ruling India that time).

Minar e Pakistan

This is a place where Nehru and the Indian National Congress declared Indian independence from Britain in 1929
Minar e Pakistan was the first official declaration for the creation of Pakistan.

Architecture of Minar e Pakistan

Minar e Pakistan is a beautiful architectural tower. It reflects a mixture of Mughal and modern architecture.

The base of the structure is in the shape of a five point star and is enclosed within crescent shaped pools. The overall height is approximately sixty meters and the entire structure is constructed of concrete and furbished with stone and marble walls and floors.

Minar e Pakistan attracts so many visitors from all over the world, as well as the inhabitants of Lahore. The large public space around Minar e Pakistan is commonly used for political and public meetings. On 30 Oct 2011 Imran Khan made a historical speech in the procession that was held at Minar e Pakistan.

More than Five Hundred Thousand people came in rally of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) led by Imran Khan. This gathering, growing support and empowerment is possibly a successful revolution in Pakistan.

Minar e Pakistan was designed free of cost by Nasreddin Murat Khan, an architect/engineer from Daghestan. Structural design was given by a civil engineer Abdur Rahman Khan Niazi from Lahore, who was working with Murat khan. The design approved by the President was built by Mian Abdul Khaliq and Company.

Foundation of Minar e Pakistan

The foundation stone was laid on March 23, 1960. The construction took eight years of time and was completed in 1968. The Minar was completed on 31 October 1968 at an estimated cost of Rs. 500,000. The money was collected by imposing additional tax on the cinema and horse racing tickets.

Minar e Pakistan provides a beautiful view to visitors who can climb up the stairs or through an elevator. The parks around this monument include marble fountains and an artificial lake.

Pollution around Minar e Pakistan

With the development of the city and location of Minar e Pakistan, air pollution from overcrowded traffic is continuously damaging the marble structure which is now in need of renovation. The top of  Minar e Pakistan has been closed to the public to deter suicides by people jumping from the top.

As of 2005, at least 26 people had committed suicide by jumping from the minaret. It is the responsibility of the public to take care of this great treasure and they should not use the monument for destructive purposes.