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.
The design of the base and the first four platforms depict the history of the Pakistan Movement through architectural symbols. Rough stones and cement have been haphazardly laid representing the chaotic conditions and the lack of direction in the early stages of the freedom movement of the Indian Muslims. The stones used for the first platform are rough Taxila stones. Hammer-dressed stones are used on the second platform. On the third platform are laid chiseled stones, while the fourth and final platform is of highly polished marble, symbolizing the ultimate success of the freedom movement.