My painting has been placed in the Foreign Ministery of Pakistan’s lobby at the Sahabzadah Yaqoob Khan Building. The Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Mr. Sohail Masood, and the Ambassador Mr. Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry received my painting on behalf of the Government of Pakistan. Please refer to the link below:
The Pakistan Monument is a National Monument and Heritage Museum located in the Western Shakarparian Hills in Islamabad, Pakistan. The monument was constructed to symbolize the unity of the Pakistani People. Its elevation makes the monument visible from across the Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area and is a popular tourist destination. Covering a total area of 2.8 hectares, the monument is shaped like a blooming flower petal-shaped structure built of granite, with the inner walls of the petals inscribed with the outlines of Lahore Fort, Badshahi (Emperor’s) Mosque, Khyber Pass, and Minar-e-Pakistan. The Monument opens onto a marble terrace providing a bird’s-eye view of Islamabad City. The four main petals of the monument represent the four provinces of Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh, while the three smaller petals represent the three territories of Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, and the Tribal Areas. The central platform is made in the shape of a five-pointed star which is surrounded by a water body. A metallic crescent surrounding the star is inscribed with sayings of the Founding Father of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and poetry of National Poet, Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Adjoining the Monument is the Pakistan Monument Museum, which includes a wax museum depicting important events leading to the Pakistan Movement. The complex receives on average received 1500 tourists per day. From the air the monument looks like a star (center) and a crescent moon (formed by walls forming the petals), these represent the star and crescent on Pakistan’s flag. The foundation stone was laid on 25 May 2004, completed in 2006, and inaugurated on 23 March 2007.
The building is an architectural and engineering marvel. It confidently straddles the past and the future, applying advanced technology to traditional artforms. The building ‘speaks Arabic’: its facade is a canvas for the poetry of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum rendered in the calligraphy of Mattar bin Lahej.
The building’s form is futuristic: it opens a new path away from the highrise towers that dominate skylines everywhere. Its form is symbolic: The circular building represents humanity; the green mound it sits atop represents the earth; the void represents the unknown future.
An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Ustad-Ahmad Lahori was the main architect of the Taj Mahal.
Although, Taj Mahal is made of white marbel, however, at the time of sunset, there is a time when Taj Mahal changes it’s color to mild pink. The reflection of sunset is a beautiful addition to it’s beauty.