Nasred­din Mu­rat Khan: The Man be­hind the Mi­nar

The Miracle - - Sports / Heroes - By Bi­lal An­jum Source: By Nust Sci­ence So­ci­ety’s

Mi­nar-i-Pak­istan, is built at the Iqbal Park La­hore where the fa­mous Pak­istan res­o­lu­tion was passed on March 23, 1940 de­mand­ing the cre­ation of Pak­istan. Nasred­din Mu­rat-Khan TI was a Rus­sian­born Pak­istani ar­chi­tect and civil en­gi­neer. He is re­mem­bered most for de­sign­ing the na­tional mon­u­ment, the Mi­nar-i Pak­istan. Born: 1904, Dages­tan, Rus­sia Died: Oc­to­ber 15, 1970, La­hore, Pak­istan Cause of death: My­ocar­dial in­farc­tion Award: Tamgha-e-Im­tiaz (1963) Ed­u­ca­tion: Civil En­gi­neer­ing, Ar­chi­tec­ture Amidst a city in­un­dated by mil­lions of houses, scores of fly overs and sprawl­ing mosques, stands a tower in seclu­sion of sin­gu­lar beauty adding in­com­pa­ra­ble splen­dor to not only this city but to the whole coun­try. In late nine­teen nineties, the first time I vis­ited La­hore the high­light of that visit was my trip to the top of the Mi­nar-e-Pak­istan in a lift which al­most suf­fo­cated me to death as it was thronged with tourists. But once atop Mi­nar-e-Pak­istan, I was left in awe by the view of La­hore which Mi­nar-e-Pak­istan pre­sented. A ques­tion im­me­di­ately started irk­ing me and soon I had the an­swer. I was told that the de­sign of Mi­nar-e-Pak­istan was a brain child of an elu­sive ar­chi­tect “Nasred­din Mu­rat Khan”. A name I had never heard be­fore. Oddly, his name wasn’t present even on the stone near the base of Mi­nar e Pak­istan at which is en­graved the his­tory of this em­blem of na­tional unity. Nasred­din Mu­rat, a Rus­sian of Pak­istani de­scent, lived a dy­namic life. After at­tain­ing g de­grees g in ar­chi­tec­ture and civil en­gi­neer­ing from Uni­ver­sity of Len­ingrad, Mu­rat Khan held var­i­ous po­si­tions in his home­town, Dagh­es­tan which is a pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim re­gion. He helped set up Wah Ord­nance Fac­tory which went on to be­come the back­bone of Pak­istan’s ord­nance and am­mu­ni­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Later he joined MES and Pak­istan Works Depart­ment in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties. He started his per­sonal busi­ness re­lated to ar­chi­tec­ture in late 1950s. Field Marshall Ayub Khan en­trusted him with the duty of de­sign­ing a na­tional mon­u­ment in La­hore’s Iqbal Park and after a year of dili­gence three de­signs were pre­sented, one of which stands tall in La­hore. It is said that Ayub Khan placed a foun­tain pen up­right on his desk and said to Mu­rat Khan: Like thou­sands of oth­ers, he also couldn’t es­cape per­se­cu­tion from Josef Stalin and was ar­rested but later in 1940 he was re­in­stated as Chief En­gi­neer & Chief Ar­chi­tect of the Pi­jatig­orsk j g branch of the North Cau­casian Project Trust. His roller coaster of a life took him to Mu­nich as a refugee after he fled from Dagh­es­tan for fear of his life. Ul­ti­mately he and his fam­ily fi­nally ar­rived in Pak­istan in 1947 and this is where his new life be­gan. “Who de­signed this awe in­spir­ing tower?” Nasred­din Mu­rat Khan gave a decade of his life to this won­der­ful mon­u­ment and didn’t take a penny in ex­change of his ser­vices. He used to visit the con­struc­tion site of Mi­nar-e-Pak­istan fre­quently to make sure that ev­ery­thing was go­ing ac­cord­ing to the sched­ule and to in­spect the qual­ity of the ma­te­rial used. Just months be­fore the com­ple­tion of Mi­nar e Pak­istan he re­signed from the com­mit­tee over­see­ing the con­struc­tion of Mi­nar e Pak­istan ow­ing to his dif­fer­ences with the DC. Just like many other re­silient Pak­ista­nis who have done in­valu­able work for this coun­try, Mr.Nasred­din has been for­got­ten and very few peo­ple are aware of his ser­vices to­wards this coun­try. An ar­chi­tect and en­gi­neer of the high­est qual­ity ren­dered a decade of his life to this coun­try and in ex­change we didn’t even let his name be en­graved on the stone at the base of his very own cre­ation. Ironic at least and crim­i­nal neg­li­gence at worst.

Gaddafi Sta­dium La­hore.

Gaddafi Sta­dium is a cricket ground in La­hore, Pak­istan. It was de­signed by fa­mous ar­chi­tect and en­gi­neer Nasred­din Mu­ratKhan, and con­structed by Mian Ab­dul Khaliq and Com­pany in 1959. The sta­dium was ren­o­vated for the 1996 Cricket World Cup when it hosted the fi­nal. The head­quar­ters of the Pak­istan Cricket ...

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