Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pakistan Monument

Construction of a National Monument at Islamabad has been under consideration by the Government since Islamabad was made the Capital of Pakistan. A number of committees studied the proposals for concept, design and location of the National. The long-awaited decision to construct a National Monument with a clear concept and design was taken by President General Pervez Musharraf. The Ministry of Culture was given the task of planning and executing the Project. Considerable preparatory work was undertaken by the ministry over one year for planning and seeking approval. The Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) was tasked to organize a National Competition to transform the theme and basic framework signifying strength, unity and dedication of the people of Pakistan into an icon representing an independent and free nation. It was envisaged for the National Monument to serve as a beacon representing the past, present and heralding a bright future for all Pakistanis to whom the Monument will stand dedicated.

A jury of experienced Architects was formed to select the best design from twenty designs submitted. Three short listed designs were presented and discussed with the President of Pakistan and the design submitted by Mr Arif Masoud was selected as the best, winning him a cash prize of Rs.200,000.

The high ground at west viewpoint of the Shakarparian Hills selected by a deputed team was approved. The area spread over seven acres (2.8 hectares) is about a hundred feet (30 metres) above Zero Point with ideal location, accessibility, visibility and prominence.? The Monument will be visible from all vantage points of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Pakistan Monument


Rey said...

Great Pakistan Monument!! its a nice place to visit..

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jalalHB said...

Nicely photographed - I saw it too and found it spectacular. My view of the monument can be seen at:

Muddassar Shah said...

Great blog. I want shear some information about Islamabad.
Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan and the tenth largest city in the country. The Rawalpindi Islamabad metropolitan area is the third largest in Pakistan with a population of over 4.5 million people.
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