Pakistan Monument in Islamabad is considered as the National Monument of Pakistan. The monument was built as a tribute to those who offered their lives for the freedom of Pakistan. It represents the history, civilization and culture of Pakistan and focuses primarily on the historical events of the Pakistan. The walls on the petals of the flower-shaped architecture represent the cultural heritage of Pakistan and the historical events of the Pakistan Movement.
The Pakistan Monument was built by the Ministry of Culture. Following the approval of the idea of a national sculpture, the Ministry of Culture with the help of the Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) designed an architecture around a central idea representing Pakistan’s history, culture and civilization. The Pakistan Monument was inaugurated by President of Pakistan Mr. Pervez Musharraf on May 25, 2004. The Pakistan Monument was completed on March 23, 2007, with a total cost of Rs. 580 million. The open floral shape of this structure represents Pakistan’s fastest growing country.
An excellent location was chosen for its construction and it was built on high place of the City. The Shakar Parian hills have the honour of holding this monument. The sculpture is related to the 4 petals that are opening. This is a wonderful sight and a wonderful gift to the citizen by the government. It is located near to the blue area of the Capital and close to the Parliament House.
The monument is like a flowering flower. It is spread over an area of 28000 sq. meters. The design of the Pakistan Monument consists of four large petals and three smaller petals. The four large flowering petals are made of granite. They represent four provinces Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh. Three small petals represent three regions Azad Jammu and Kashmir, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The interior of the Pakistan Monument is decorated with the granite petals.These walls are mainly based on Islamic art. The team led by Zarar Haider Babri and Kausar Jahan spent 119,000 hours in artwork.
The first petal on the right shows the photos of Shah Faisal Mosque, Makli Tombs, Rohtas Fort, Shah Jahan Mosque and Gwadar.
The second petal celebrated the public display of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Fatima Jinnah, Badshahi Mosque, Minar e Pakistan, Karakoram Highway, Shila Tunnel.
The third petal features include photographs of Allama Iqbal, Shah Rukn e Alam, civilization of the Indus Valley, Mahabat Khan Mosque, Indus River Delta and Lahore Fort.
The fourth and final petal depicts the tombs of Uch-e-Sharif, Islamia College Peshawar, Ziarat Residency, Shalimar Gardens, Sheesh Mahal, Lahore, Khyber Pass and a polo match.
The architecture of Pakistan Memorial is a nationally designed architecture of Pakistan. It provides information in a unique way about Pakistan’s culture, heritage and history. It reminds us of all the sacrifices that our ancestors made to achieve the goal of a free country. Pakistan Monument Museum is also a notable place.
The second integral part of this structure is the Pakistan Monument Museum. This was the most striking part of the project. It includes the history of the country along with heritage, traditions and future plans. The museum depicts various times of Pakistan with the help of numerous statues. All of these things take you back to the past and you feel like this time and everything is happening in front of you.
When you enter this museum you can clearly see that it is divided into different sections. You can find the history of Pakistan in one part and the future on the other. Statues of Muslim heroes and libertarians are available here. There is also a private room of Iqbal and Quaid. There is also a library to facilitate visitors with old-time videos.
Fatima Jinnah also played an important role in the liberation war. Here you can meet her on several occasions with Quaid-e-Azam. It was organized to inform all youths of our history and culture. This was undoubtedly a grand project that was completely completed.
Gandhara art, Buddha statue, Muhammad bin Qasim, Mahmood Ghaznavi, war of freedom, Gokhale, Chandra Pal, Dadabhai Naoraji, Gandhi, Tilak and some other great leaders and places are presented here. The maps of Pakistan are also set for those who come here. The audio and video section discusses various topics related to Pakistan. Old music and old photos of singers are also a part of these videos.
So whenever you get the chance to visit this place and learn the history and geography of Pakistan, it is a must see and wonderful place.