Minar-e-Pakistan- The Symbol of Pride and Freedom
Have you ever thought what are the things that make a country distinct and recognized? It is the symbols and landmarks which make a country proud. Minar-e-Pakistan is one of such those pride symbols on the land of Pakistan.
But what are the factors that have given it such a high status? Let’s find out today so follow me till the end.
Minar-e-Pakistan is located in Iqbal Park, in the centre of circular and Multan Road. It is surrounded by a Park that is open for people day and night. It has some artificial viewpoints like mountains and lakes that are loved by everyone.
This place adds up to the beauty of the tower. So it is recommended to visit.
Minar-e-Pakistan is a symbolization of commemoration of Lahore Resolution. It was commenced on 23 March 1940. On that day, in the park, Muslims demanded a separate homeland under the supervision of the Muslim league.
Later on, in 1960, the tower (Minaar-e-Pakistan) was built in the memory of Resolution of Pakistan. It reminds us of the struggle that Muslims did for getting a separate homeland.
The Design of Minaar-e-Pakistan:
The design of Minaar-e-Pakistan is very fascinating with a Mughal, Islamic and Contemporary architecture.
Its design is the result of a qualified and fantastic engineer Mr. Naseer-ud-Din Murat Khan. The design was presented by a civil Engineer Mr. Abdur Rehman Khan Niazi while it was constructed by Mian Abdul Khaliq. The constructional process was completed in 1968.
It is designed in such an exquisite way that you can get a panoramic view of the whole city from top of Minar.
The Structure of Tower:
The tower is 92 meters high. Its base is raised about 8 meters from the ground. The shape of the base is 5 points star which looks like flower’s unfolded petals. The diameter is approximately 9.75 meters.
The tower has a lift to go up and 324 stairs. It has balconies with the first one at 30 feet and the second one at 50. The base of the tower has four platforms. The four platforms are built with Taxila Stones, hammer-dressed stones, chiseled stones, and white marbles respectively.
In the courtyard, lies resting place of Hafeez Jalandri (Writer of National Anthem of Pakistan). Badshahi mosque can also be seen from its rostrum.
The depiction of Struggle:
The base uses concrete and steel and the top portion has stainless steel. The lowest portion has very coarse marbles to symbolize the struggles done by the Muslims of movement. The top minarets have smooth marbles which means that Muslims achieved prosperity.
The Minaar’s base has ten slabs. The length of these slabs is seven feet while two feet wide. They have been carved with 99 names of Allah.
On other stones, speeches of Quaid, the poetry of Iqbal and National Anthem is written in Bengali and other languages. Other carvings include verses of Surah Ra’ad, Surah Myedha, Surah Baqra, and Surah Al e Imran.
What makes Minaar-e-Pakistan different?
There are many interesting facts combined with Minar-e-Pakistan that makes it stand out in other monuments:
- At that time, the cost incurred for the construction of this grand tower is 7,058,000 approximately.
- The money used for the construction of the tower was collected from taxes imposed on cinemas and horse shows.
- The walls and floor are done with marbles while the Minar is made up of reinforced concrete.
- All platforms of the tower have a story to tell. They are built purposely.
- The first platform signifies the struggle of Muslims.
- Gradually, moving upwards, the fourth one signifies the success and glory of achieving Pakistan.
After reading about all the grandeur of this great tower, I’m sure you must be captivated to visit this whenever you visit Lahore. And, you should, in order to honor the struggle of our forefathers.
- Thu 14, March 2019