Although several minor repair works on the monument have taken place in the past, work being carried out at present is the greatest effort to restore the original shape and colour of Minar-e-Pakistan. The incumbent government aims to replace the decades old elevator installed in the tower, while also polishing white marble of the structure, which had turned yellow over time.
While speaking to The Express Tribune, Habib Construction Services General Manager Mukhtar Nazir said artisans and labourers were working hard to restore the original glory of Minar-e-Pakistan.
“They are rebuffing the exterior of the tower, replacing broken marble tiles and installing new bricks around the tower’s pedestal,” he said. “Habib Construction Services [that has contract for the renovation] has set a target to complete the work before November 9 as the government is planning to partially inaugurate the Greater Iqbal Park on that day which is Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s [the national poet and philosopher] birth anniversary.”
The obelisk-like structure has a base that is about eight metres above the ground. The tower rises till about 62m on the base. The petal-shaped sides surround the tower. ... It was built on the site where the Lahore Resolution was passed on March 23, 1940, to demand the creation of Pakistan. It was designed by Russian-born Pakistani architect and civil engineer, Nasreddin Murat-Khan, who also designed Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and several other notable buildings and structures in the country.