Minar-e-Pakistan, officially recognized as the National Tower of Pakistan is situated in Iqbal Park previously known as Minto Park, Lahore, Pakistan. The Minar (tower in English) was constructed during 1960 on a site where, on 23 March 1940, a resolution was passed to struggle for a separate homeland for Muslims of Sub-Continent, in accordance with the two nation theory. The Minar express the spirit of movement for creation of separate homeland.
In accordance with the two nation theory, Hindus and Muslims cannot live together because of their religious, cultural, Language and economic differences. For example, Hindus consider cow as a sacred animal and worshiped it while Muslims slaughtered it on their religious events. So considering differences, a resolution was passed by Muslims on 23 March 1940 for a separate homeland to perform religious duties freely and they succeeded on 14 August 1947 with the independence of Pakistan.
Minar-e-Pakistan was built from 1960 to 1968 to commemorate the resolution on 23 March 1940 for the separate country in accordance with the two nation theory.
The design of Minar-e-Pakistan was created by Russian-born Pakistani architect and civil engineer, Nasreddin Murat-Khan, who also designed Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The height of the Minar is about 60m, forming a sculpted flower-like base which is 9m high. The rostrum of the Minar, which faces Badshahi Masjid, is built of patterned tiles. Beside the lift, there are also 324 stairs to get on the top.
In the base, Quranic Verses, the Resolution of Pakistan, National Anthem, Speeches of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam are written on white marbles in Urdu, Arabic, English and Bengali languages.
The Minar is surrounded by beautiful lush green Iqbal Park, named after the father of the nation, Allama Iqbal. Which is on 125 acres with the artificial lake, musical fountains, a soft rail, a food court and the Tomb of Hafeez Jhalundhari, the founder of Pakistan’s National Anthem.
By Metro Bus
To see Minar-e-Pakistan, you will need to take an exit from station no 4, which is named as Azadi Chowk Station.
Fort Road is a popular tourist destination because of numbers of attraction on the road like Minar-e-Pakistan. Government vehicle parking service is also available to facilitate the tourists.
Stay Healthy and Safe
- The nearest police station is LarriAdda Police Station which is about 1.5 km from the sight.
- The nearest hospitals on walking distance are Lady Wellingdon Hospital and AQ Khan Hospital.
- Further, Government emergency numbers are 1122 for rescue 1122 services and 15 for police services.