LAHORE: Nation marks the celebration of Pakistan Day today (Saturday) and how one can forget the memorial (Minar-e-Pakistan) built to commemorate this day.
It is located at Greater Iqbal Park which was known as Manto park at the time of its construction.
Minar-e-Pakistan was built to highlight the importance Lahore resolution which was passed on 23rd March 1940, in which Muslim league, the only Political party of Muslims of the sub-continent, demanded the separate country for the Muslims of Indian sub-continent.
Its impeccable design was established by a famous Russian architect Naseer-ud-din Murat Khan.
The structural design of this remarkable memorial was given by a civil engineer Abdur Rehman Khan Niazi, who is working with Murat Khan.
The foundation stone of the Minar-e- Pakistan was laid on 23rd March 1960. The whole construction was completed on 31st October 1968.
The total height of the Minar-e-Pakistan is about 70 meters above the ground; the base is about 8 meters wide. The base of the Minaret comprised of four platforms first is built with Taxila stones, second with hammer-dressed stones, third with chiseled stones and the fourth platform of the Minaret is built with white marble.
These platforms depict the freedom struggle of the nation’s ancestors. The grave of Hafeez Jalandhari, writer of the national anthem is also located in the courtyard of the Minaret. From the rostrum, you can view the Badshahi Mosque.
Many Quranic verses, National Anthem, speeches of the founder and poet of the nation, and the Resolution of Pakistan in multiple languages are written on white marbles attached on the base of Minar-e-Pakistan.