Perched at a high location on the west viewpoint of Shakarparian Hills spreading over a total area of 2.8 hectares the Pakistan Monument is an impressive reddish brown granite structure designed and built to represent Pakistan’s diverse culture and national unity and depicts the story of Pakistan movement.
The structure is made up of four blossoming flower petals representing four provinces (Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and the three sandwiched petals representing three territories (Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir, and Federally Administered Tribal Areas) collectively make up a crescent representing the unity of Pakistan. The inner walls of the petals are decorated with murals.
The crescent comprising of petals are from inside inscribed with sayings of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Poetry of Allama Iqbal along with an embossed pictorial representation of cultural heritage of provinces and regions. The central platform is made in the shape of a five-pointed star surrounded by a water body.
The aerial view is astounding with the monument elevated in the middle, a decked gallery in the backyard giving a picturesque view of Islamabad and Margalla hills in the background, and the museum showcasing post-independence memorabilia is erected right in the forefront. The four pillars each signifying the sayings of the father of Nation are raised in the main ground by the stairs leading up the monument.
The monument is bordered with well-trimmed flowers and evergreen trees which give a natural contrast to elaborate the beauty of this location. The monument attracts a great number of domestic and international tourists on daily basis.
The project was initiated in May 2004 and was completed by the end of 2006 but it was officially inaugurated in March 2007. It provides a panoramic view of Islamabad and the Margalla Hills. Today, Pakistan monument is a great addition to the city of Islamabad and one of the major tourist destinations anyone would like to visit.