Thursday 24 March 2016


The word “Minar” means “Lamp” or “beacon”. Mariners struggling in sea need a lighthouse to find a way in darkness. This guidance provides them a direction and would not let them to move haphazard. In the same way, the struggler of Independence laid the foundation of a nation by passing a resolution on 23rd, March 1940, where now the Minar e Pakistan stands. Just as a lighthouse helps mariners to identify the right path, the Pakistan Resolution or Two Nations theory clarifies the concept of two nations and demand of an independent state. After a long and tiring effort of our elders, Pakistan came into being on 14 August, 1947. It is decided to built a nation monument at the place that is, Iqbal Park, Lahore. Minar is designed to reflect the struggle of freedom as well as Flag of Pakistan.

The design of the base and the first four platforms describe the history of the Pakistan Movement through architectural symbols. Rough Taxila stones have been laid on first platform representing the chaotic situation in the early stages of the freedom movement. Hammer-dressed stones are used on the second platform. On the third platform are laid carve stones, while the fourth and final platform is of highly polished marble, representing the marvelous accomplishment.

Minar e Pakistan is a 3D representation of Pakistani Flag. The founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah designed the flag of Pakistan and it is taken up as National flag on the day of independence. The Pakistani flag is green and white. Green color represent Muslim’s majority, whereas white color represent the non Muslim minority. At green part of flag is a white crescent moon with a five-pointed star. The crescent and star are traditional symbols of the Islamic religion. The star symbolizes light and knowledge; the crescent moon symbolizes progress. Same theme is adopted in Minar Pakistan Construction. The 62 meter high tower rises above a platform shaped like a five-pointed star, surrounded by two crescent shaped pools lined with green and red marbles. Structure lies in green meadow field depicts the flag of Pakistan from top.

Inauguration of the project taken place after 20 year of Pakistan resolution passed. On 23 March, 1960, the foundation stone the Minar was laid. The tower was designed and supervised by engineer and architect, Nasreddin Murat Khan, assisted by Engineer Abdur Rehman Khan Niazi, who was working as Structural Design Engineer for Illeri N. Murat-Khan & Associates. Construction of the national monument took eight years, and was completed on 31 October 1968 at an estimated cost of Rs 7.5billions. Minar is a combination of modern, Islamic and mughal architecture. It is reinforced concrete structure with stainless steel dome at top. The tower above 8 meter high platform, such that the total height of structure from ground is 70 meter. At base, there is architectural pattern like petals of flower. Elevator facility is provided along with stair case inside the tower to reach the top. In the surrounding of tower, artificial lake and fountain are built in the green field. Structure is completely tiled with white marble giving a magnificent looks at night. History of Pakistan, National Anthem and Islamic Calligraphy Art are marvelously in-scripted inside the tower. Minar stands with all its glamour and magnificient in the Heart of Pakistan rminding us of our great past. 

Share this

See All Articles

2 Responses to "MINAR E PAKISTAN"

  1. asalamualaikum.can u contact with me,bcz,i doing architectural engineering,i need some informate u have about this,my contact is it,03004522479,i will wyt urs responce on mine contact#

  2. inshaALLAH i hope u will contact to me zainab