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The History and Significance of Minar-e-Pakistan

Minar-e-Pakistan proudly represents the great success of Muslims of the subcontinent, the symbol of unity, struggle for freedom, initiated after the Pakistan Resolution was passed on 23rd March, 1940, in the annual meeting of All India Muslim League. The resolution focused on the “Two Nation Theory”, that stated that the Muslims of the Subcontinent to have their separate homeland. The meeting was presided over by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This resolution along with presenting the demand of the Muslims, created a lot of disturbance within the subcontinent and ignited the war between the Hindus and the Muslims.

Located in Iqbal Park, one of the main public parks of Lahore, Minar-e-Pakistan was built in 1960s, in the memory of the success of Pakistan Resolution. The unfolded petals of white marble, with a long minaret facing the Badshahi Mosque reflects a perfect blend of the Mughal, modern and Islamic architecture. The total height of Minar-e-Pakistan is 70 meters. The rostrum is built up of patterned tiles, the 8 meter high base is comprised of four platform, one is built up of Taxila stones, the second one is built up of chiseled stones, the third one is built up of hammer-dressed stones, whereas, the fourth one is built with polished white marble. The inscriptions at the base include the text of Pakistan Resolution in Urdu, Bengali and English. For visitors and tourists there are various hotels in Lahore situated near this historical landmark that will  provide a panoramic view of the park and the walled city of Lahore. The artificial lake and the greenery of the Iqbal Park increase the beauty of the place and make it more attractive and worth seeing.

Beautiful view of Minar-e-Pakistan.

The Pakistani nation consider Minar-e-Pakistan as their historical and sacred place. For them it is not just a tower with a beautiful architect and eye-catching surrounding but a monument where the foundation of their homeland was started. Every year thousands of people come to visit the place because it also reminds them the struggle their ancestors put in for their homeland.

Evening at Minar-e-Pakistan.

Besides the historical significance, Minar-e-Pakistan has now acquired the place for most of the political jalsas and protests. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Jalsa in September, 2014 was held in Iqbal Park within close proximity of Minar-e-Pakistan. This historical landmark  possesses a very special place in the heart of every Pakistani.

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