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Did You Know That Minar-e-Pakistan Hid a Secret Design Feature in Plain Sight?

We all missed it!

Minar-e-Pakistan

We’ve all seen Minar-e-Pakistan yes? We’ve all been there, but we’ve all been missing a special feature of the national landmark.

A Facebook user, Tahir Mahmood Chaudhry shared this secret feature of Minar-e-Pakistan, which was all but hidden in plain sight.

It’s been hidden in plain sight all along, we just weren’t looking closely enough.

“Aerial view of the Minar e Pakistan designed by a Russia Architect Murat Khan who had migrated to Pakistan. Note the two crescents and a star. Genius geometry!”


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This spectacular shot was taken by photographer Muzammil Hussain Toori. The photographer’s eagle-eye view, Minar-e-Pakistan displays a flower nestled on a star embraced by two crescents, one white and one green. Why does this sound so familiar? That’s because its signifies the Pakistani flag!

Now we’re thinking how did we miss this monument’s feature!

Whose Idea Was This?

Minar-e-Pakistan was built in Lahore to mark the historic day the Pakistan Resolution was passed – March 23, 1940. That is when the journey to independence hit its final milestone before the partition of the sub-continent.

The national monument is the brain-child of a Russian expat in Pakistan, Nasreddin Murat-Khan.

The Citizens Archive Pakistan (CAP) collaborated with the search engine giant, Google to document how the monument was created. Together, they documented how the brilliant monument was produced.

According to Good archives, as per a letter, Murat Khan’s architecture firm’s letterhead comprises of, “Illeri H N Murat Khan and Associates


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Reportedly, Murat Khan wanted to produce a ‘memorial that would symbolize the force which shaped Pakistan’.

The two crescents represent East and West Pakistan.

In his brilliance, he created the national landmark as we see it today, in all it’s glory.

The two crescents were seen from the eagle-eye view showing Khan’s exceptional talent.

What do you think of this quirky little design feature? We bet most of us did not know of it until now.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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