Every active nation tries to preserve all the traditions of its territories and regions in its pure form. Various methods are adopted to perform this task both at local and national level. The beautiful example such an attempt is situated in the Capital of Pakistan that is known as “The Pakistan Monument”.
“The Pakistan Monument” is the depiction of national effort of Pakistani government in terms of keeping the customs and tradition of its provinces and territories in its pure form. This masterpiece is located in Islamabad that is not only the capital city of Pakistan, but the hub of cultural, political and social activities of the country.
The specialty of “Pakistan Monument” is that, it represents the four provinces of country and also three territories included in the boundary of country. When it was decided to built this magnum opus, country’s top architectures presented their exclusive plans. In fact, it was the utmost desire of every famous architect to become the part of this splendid project for being live long in the pages of history. However, the plan of Arif Masood architect was chosen for the ultimate design. According to this design, the shape of this monument was decided as blooming flower.
The theme behind this selection was considering the blooming shape of flower as the sign of Pakistan’s progress for being a fast developing country. The blooming flower has four petals and each Patel represents an individual province of Pakistan i.e., Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan. Beside four large petals, there are three smaller ones as well that symbolize the three territories of Pakistan i.e., Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In short, the Monument has been planned in such manner that it looks like a mirror of cultural and social activities of the country and illustrates the struggling period of Pakistan Movement. Officially, this monument has dedicated to those heroes of Pakistan who sacrificed themselves for new generation of country.
The aerial view of Pakistan Monument resembles like a star that emerges from the centre of moon appeared in crescent shape. In other way, this resembles also match with the flag of Pakistan that also contains a moon and star. In the early names of man behind the project, Uxi Mufti son of Mumtaz Mufti was prominent. However, after 2005, this project was undertaken by Hamad Kashif who was the member of Ministry of Culture of Pakistan. In this scenario, Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) planned a national contest about the theme of suggesting strength, unity and devotion of Pakistani people into a symbol representing a self-governing and liberated nation.