Asif Ali Zardari inaugurates Pakistan’s largest mosque in Bahria Town, Lahore (Pictures)

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Former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari inaugurated worlds 7th largest mosque located in Bahria Town, Lahore. Asif Ali Zardari performed the curtain raising ceremony.

Flanked by Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz Hussain, renowned religious scholars, and government officials, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman inaugurated the grand mosque. Addressing the ceremony, Zardari said the mosque is a priceless gift for the nation.

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Malik Riaz Hussain said that in 2006 he offered Eid prayers in Malaysia, at the Mahathir Mohamad Mosque and prayed to the Almighty to give him a chance to make a similar mosque in Pakistan and today his prayers have been answered. He said by the grace of Allah, he would build an even bigger mosque in Karachi.
via tribune.com.pk

Many religious scholars, government officials, dignitaries and a large number of people from the general public were present in the inaugration ceremony. They appreciated the beauty of the mosque and made a tour of both, the internal and external areas of the mosque.

The mosque is constructed at a cost of over Rs4 billion. This mosque has an outdoor capacity of 70,000 and an indoor capacity of 25,000 people, labeling it as Pakistan’s largest mosque and the 7th largest mosque in the world.

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No doubt this mosque is a priceless gift for Bahria Town as well as the Pakistani nation. It represents a traditional Islamic and Pakistani architecture.

In the Mosque, there are dedicated praying areas for women, a school and an Islamic Art Gallery.

The structure of the Mosque is fascinating. The Mosque is comprised of 4 minarets, each standing tall at 165 ft.

There is a Grand Dome in the center, which is surrounded by 20 smaller domes.

The exterior is consisted of 4 million, 2.5 inch Multani tiles which have been handmade with special Multanimitti and hand placed by the craftsmen. It took 4 years alone to complete.

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