Monday, February 10, 2014

Minar-e-Pakistan, Iqbal Park, Lahore, Pakistan.

Minar-e-Pakistan, Iqbal Park, Lahore, Pakistan.

Minar-e-Pakistan is a public monument located in Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan. The tower was constructed during the 1960s on the site where, on 23 March 1940, the All-India Muslim League passed the Lahore Resolution, the first official call for a separate homeland for the Muslims living in the South Asia, in accordance with the two nation theory.
The tower reflects a blend of Mughal, Islamic and modern architecture.
The tower was designed and supervised by Nasreddin Murat-Khan, an architect and engineer hailing from Daghestan. The structural design was given by a civil engineer Abdur Rehman Khan Niazi from Lahore, who was working with Murat Khan. Approved by the President, the design was built by Mian Abdul Khaliq and Company. The foundation stone was laid on 23 March 1960. The construction took eight years, and was completed in 1968. The Minar was completed on 31 October 1968 at an estimated cost of Rs. 705,8000. The money was collected by imposing an additional tax on the cinema and horse racing tickets on the demand of Akhtar Hussain, governor of West Pakistan. Today, the minaret provides a panoramic view to visitors who can climb up the stairs or through an elevator. The parks around the monument include marble fountains and an artificial lake.



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