Pakistan Monument, new monument that has recently been built and erected in Islamabad reflects the unity of the four provinces and three territories. There had been a nationwide competition organized in which renowned architects participated. After a lot of consideration, judges finally approved the design proposed by Mr. Arif Masood.
The concept behind the design was representation of a blooming flower which depicts a country that is fast progressing. The flower has four bigger petals each representing all the four provinces including Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Baluchistan, Sindh and Punjab. Smaller petals are the representation of the three territories including Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. The monument, like few others built in the past, also reminds us of the so many precious lives that had been sacrificed in the making of our beloved country Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Basis of selection
The idea was originally conceptualized by Ministry of Culture. The competition was organized with the help of Town Planners (PCATP) and Pakistan Council of Architects. There are said to be around twenty submissions that had been originally submitted for consideration, out of which three had been short-listed for finalization. The reason of selecting Asif Masood’s design was that it showed Pakistan as a growing and prosperous country.
Design and structure
Pakistan Monument is located on the famous Shakar Parian Hills with a total area of around 2.8 hectares. The monument has been ideally located on a higher place and it can be visible from Islamabad as well as Rawalpindi. The work on the monument commenced on 25th May 2004 and it was completed by the end of the year 2006. Pakistan Monument was inaugurated on 23rdMarch, 2007. The estimated cost that had been incurred in making of this monument is estimated to be around PKR. 580 million.
Pakistan Monument: Depiction of Islamic architecture
The large petals have murals inside which have been decorated in accordance with the style of Islamic architecture. Two of the finest artists named Zarar Haider Babri and Kausar Jahan worked tirelessly for around 119,000 hours to complete this master piece of art. Each of the petal depicts a different era of Islamic architecture.
First petal reflects about Malki Tombs, Shahjahan Mosque, Gawadar, Faisal Mosque, and Rohtas Fort.
Second petal has reflections of Quad-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Fatima Jinnah, Minar-e-Pakistan, Shila Tunnel, cheering people at Jinnah’s public appearance, Badshahi Mosque, and Karakorum Highway.
Third petal enshrines the images of Shah Rukn-e-alam’s Tomb, Indus Valley Civilization, Lahore Fort, Indus River Delta, and Mahabat Khan Mosque.
The fourth and the last petal stores memories of Islamia College Peshawar, Ziarat Residency, Khyber Pass, Uch Sharif Tomb, Polo Match, Sheesh Mehal Lahore, and Shalamar Gardens.