Minar-e-Pakistan is situated in Iqbal park Lahore, at the intersection of circular road and Multan road, surrounded by the modern park where people visit day and night, which includes mountains and artificial lake as well. Visitors can climb up stairs for a beautiful view of Lahore city and its surroundings.
When you come to Lahore I suggest its first place that you want to visit, it’s very beautiful and huge tower depicting the memories of memorandum of Pakistan.
Minar-e-Pakistan was built to commemorate the Lahore resolution which on 23rd march 1940, in which Muslim league, only Political party of Muslims of the Indian sub-continent, demanded the separate home land for Muslims of sub-continent.
Minar-e-Pakistan was built on 1960, in memory of the Pakistan resolution, at the site where on 23rd March 1940, Pakistan Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan) was passed, which demands separate home land i.e Pakistan for the Muslims of Indian sub-continent.
Design and Architecture:
The tower reflects the Mughals and Islamic architecture. It was designed by Naseer-ud-din Murat Khan. The structural design was given by a civil engineer Abdur Rehman Khan Niazi, who is working with Murat Khan. The foundation stone was laid on 23rd March, 1960. The whole construction ends on 31st October 1968, which costs Rs 500,000. This money was collected by imposing additional tax on cinemas and horse racing.
Total height of the Minar-e-Pakistan is about 92 meters above the ground, base is about 8 meters above the ground, and the unfolding petals are 9 meters high. Base comprises four platforms, first is built with Taxila stones, second with hammer-dressed stones, third with chiselled stones and fourth with white marble. These platforms depict the freedom struggle. There are 324 stairs to go to the top, besides the lift. The resting place of Hafeez Jalandhari, writer of national anthem is also in the courtyard of the Minar. From the rostrum you can view the Badshahi Mosque.
Many Quranic verses, National Anthem, speeches of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal, and the Resolution of Pakistan in various languages, Arabic, Urdu, Bengali and English are written on white marbles attached on the base of Minar-e-Pakistan. On the base, ten marble slabs of 7/2 feet are attached on which 99 names of ALLAH are written. On the entrance ALLAH o AKBAR is written.
Map of Minar-e-Pakistan – click on map image to see detailed map
Minar-e-Pakistan (Urdu: مینارِ پاکستان) is a public monument located in, adjacent to the Walled City of Lahore, in the Pakistani province of Punjab . The tower was constructed during the 1960s site where the All-India Muslim League passed the Lahore Resolution on 23 March 1940 - the first official call for a separate and independent homeland for the Muslims of British India, as espoused by the two-nation theory.
The tower reflects a blend of Mughal/Islamic and modern architecture.
The tower was designed and supervised by, an architect and engineer hailing from Punjab. The foundation stone was laid on 23 March 1960. Construction took eight years, and was completed on 21 October 1968 at an estimated cost of Rs 7,058,000. The money was collected by imposing an additional tax on cinema and horse racing tickets at the demand of Akhtar Hussain, governor of West Pakistan. Today, the minaret provides a panoramic view to visitors who can't climb up the stairs or access the top, by means of an elevator. The parks around the monument include marble fountains and an artificial lake.
The base is about 8 metres above the ground. The tower rises about 62 metres on the base, the total height of the minar is about 70 metres above the ground. The unfolding petals of the flower-like base are 9 metres high. The diameter of the tower is about 9.75 meters. The rostrum is built of patterned tiles, and faces Badshahi Mosque. The base comprises four platforms. To symbolise the humble beginning of the freedom struggle, first platform is built with uncut stones from Taxila, second platform is made of hammer-dressed stones, whereas third platform is of chiselled stones. Polished white marble at the fourth and final platform depicts the success of the Pakistan Movement. Mr. Mukhtar Masood, a prolific writer and the then–deputy commissioner of Lahore, was one of the members of the Building Committee. Mian Abdul Khaliq and Company went on to build many other landmarks of Pakistan including the Gaddafi Stadium (also designed by Murat-Khan) and BRB Canal.
At the base, there are floral inscriptions on ten converging white marbleCommemorative plaques. The inscriptions include the text of Lahore Resolution in Urdu, Bengali and English, and Delhi Resolution's text, which was passed on 9 April 1946. On different plaques, Quranic verses and 99 attributes of Allah are inscribed in Arabiccalligraphy, whereas National Anthem of Pakistan in Urdu and Bengali, excerpts from the speeches of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in Urdu, Bengali and English, along with few couplets of Allama Iqbal include the other important inscriptions.
Minar-e-Pakistan has served as the location for a number of rallies.
Tower construction was started in 1960 and it took 8 years to complete in 1968.The estimated budget to complete the great construction near Rs.70 Lakh (7 million). It is the combinatrion of Islamic as well as National Culture. The tower base is just like a flower. The monument is covered with parks and flowers. Its location is always used for political and religious events. It is also known as "Tower of Pakistan".
A beautiful View of Minar-e-Pakistan at Sunst
Minar-e-Pakistan at Night
Minar-e-Pakistan Ground Level
View of Minar-e-Pakistan at Night
Minar-e-Pakistan richly framed by an aisle arch
Minar-e-Pakistan night view