A Guide to Minar-e-Pakistan and its Historical Importance

Pakistan, a country that has a prime location in every aspect, which uniquely amplifies its geographical importance especially in South Asia. Before discussing Minar-e-Pakistan, we better have a quick look at some of the major components of this country and the city. We will discuss everything about Minar-e-Pakistan history and location to enrich the readers with authentic details and facts. The city where it is situated, Lahore, is a city of historical landmarks that reflect the entire era of the Mughal Empire. Landmarks whose foundations were laid were almost 5 centuries ago, still manifesting underpinning structure. Here is a list of historical landmarks in Lahore.

A national landmark of Pakistan that manifests an Islamic architecture from every aspect. A place where the Pakistan Resolution was passed, which concluded major clauses in an immense chain of events. In this blog, you will be able to find out about Minar e Pakistan history, location, Lahore Resolution, the architecture of Minar-e-Pakistan and historical buildings in Lahore. Therefore, people who have questions about the height of Minar e Pakistan, this blog is going to cover everything they need.

Where is Minar-e-Pakistan Located?

Minar-e-Pakistan Located
People normally visit Greater Iqbal Park on weekends and public holidays.

The foundation of Minar-e-Pakistan lies in Greater Iqbal Park that was Minto Park formerly. It is 24 km away from Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore via Lahore Ring Road and GT Road. Two of the famous spots of Lahore, namely, Lahore Fort and Badshahi Masjid are just a drive of 10-15 minutes away. In addition, If you reach the top of the minaret, you can have a broad view of Badshahi Masjid. Below is the address of Lahore Minar e Pakistan.

Location: Greater Iqbal Park, Circular Road, Ravi Town, Lahore. 

Timing: 9 am – 6:30 pm

History of Minar-e-Pakistan

Construction of Minar-e-Pakistan commenced on 23rd March 1940, the day when the Pakistan Resolution passed and completed in 1968. It was not just all-of-a-sudden construction, it was a monument of the Pakistan Resolution that concluded all the historic events. 

Those historic events from 1906 to 1940, which laid the foundation of Pakistan. To illustrate, Foundation of Muslim League, Lucknow Pact, Khilafat Movement, Hindu-Muslim riots, Fourteen Points of Quaid-e-Azam, Allama Iqbal Address, Communal Award, Jinnah-Sikandar Pact, Pirpur Report and finally, Pakistan Resolution. It was an extensive process, the cost incurred in the construction was Rs. 7,058,000 that was a contribution of multiple sources.

Lahore Resolution

Lahore Resolution, the substratum of Pakistan, passed at Minar-e-Pakistan on 23rd March 1940. This resolution was an endorsing event to initiate a symbol of Pakistan’s foundation. That is why the value of Minar-e-Pakistan would never wane. If we discuss the Lahore Resolution, it was an amalgamation of all the events that took place for a separate land.  Besides, the purpose of the Lahore Resolution was to eliminate all the objections of Muslims in the one-sided constitution of India. Some of the main points are below.

  • Safeguarding the rights and security of minority groups.
  • To unite all the Muslim areas to form independent states where people could perform religious duties without any threat. 
  • Provision of autonomy and sovereignty to these independent states. 

Besides, there are still numerous spots in Lahore that offer an ample amount of leisure and restoration. For instance, there is Wagah Border, Anarkali Food Street, Emporium Mall, Amanah Mall, Jallo Park and more to come.

Architecture of Minar-e-Pakistan

Architecture of Minar-e-Pakistan
An aerial view of Minar-e-Pakistan, displaying the prowess of architecture and design, with two crescents and a star.

The structure of Minar-e-Pakistan is one of the idiosyncratic structures in the world, which is why curiosity about its architecture arises. Nasreddin Murat-Khan (1904-1970), a Russian-Pakistani architect, proposed this evergreen structure of Minar-e-Pakistan. An architect who was born in a Muslim estate of Russia, Dagestan and passed away in another Muslim Estate, Pakistan. Commonly, Dagestan is known as the home of Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC retired undisputed champion. In addition, the Government of Pakistan also rewarded him with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, one of the highest civilian awards of Pakistan.

If we discuss its construction, Mian Abdul Khaliq and the group delivered the construction of it with the finest marbles of the country. The most astonishing thing is its aerial view, it shows two crescents and a star that are perfectly designed around an edifice. Furthermore, Stones contribute to the finest structure of it, namely, Taxila stone, Hammered stone, Chiselled stone, and White marble. With a height of 70 meters and a diameter of 9.75 meters, the Minar-e-Pakistan structure is clearly visible from the neighbouring areas of the park.

Inscription inside Minar-e-Pakistan 

This wall contains 99 names of the almighty Allah, Quranic verses, National Anthem etc.

If we go into further details of Minar-e-Pakistan, we can see inscriptions inside it. To illustrate, there are 99 names of the almighty Allah, Quranic verses, National Anthem of Pakistan in Urdu, Arabic, English and Bengali languages. Furthermore, Lahore resolution, speeches and poetry of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal respectively, are inscribed on it.

Historical Landmarks of Lahore 

Lahore Fort or Shahi Qilla as magnificently standing
An over 500 years old Lahore Fort of the Mughals, which is just a few minutes of drive away from Minar-e-Pakistan.

If we consider Lahore, the home of historical landmarks, it will definitely be the right claim. Not just it is a home of gardens but also the home of Mughal’s remnants in Pakistan. Likewise, there are numerous places that will exhibit the design, scripture, and history of multiple previous centuries.   

  • Badshahi Masjid
  • Emperor Jahangir’s Tomb
  • Shalimar Garden/Mughal Garden
  • Lahore Fort
  • Noor Jahan’s Tomb
  • Anarkali Tomb
  • Masjid Wazir Khan
  • Jinnah Garden
  • Quaid e Azam Library
  • Chauburji
  • Hiran Minar
  • Sunehri Masjid/Golden Masjid
  • Delhi Gate of Lahore

Hafeez Jalandhari Tomb

Resting place of Hafeez Jalandhari

Abu Al-Asar Hafeez Jalandhari (1900-1982), commonly known as Hafeez Jalandhari, is the one whose name can never diminish from the history of Pakistan. He was the one who wrote the national anthems of Pakistan and Kashmir. Finally, his resting place is in the Greater Iqbal Park where the Minar-e-Pakistan is situated. Moreover, Hafeez Jalandhari was awarded Pakistan’s two of the highest awards. To illustrate, they are Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, numerous social and political events take place at Minar-e-Pakistan every year, to pay tribute to the founding leaders of Pakistan. Furthermore, these events magnify the value of this national monument each year. No matter what, Minar-e-Pakistan will always be a Pride of Pakistan. Besides historical landmarks, Lahore is also a city of literature
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