Islamabad - ThePakistan National Monument is one of the rare recreational places, which is attracting the visitors from all over the country.

The monument, spread over a total area of 2.8 hectares, is located at the west viewpoint of the Shakarparian Hills, and represents the four provinces and three territories. The blooming flower shape shows Pakistan’s progress as a rapidly developing country. The four main petals of the monument represent the four provinces (Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh), while the three smaller ones for the three territories (Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA).

The monument has been designed to reflect the culture and civilisation of the country and depicts the story of the Pakistan, dedicated to those who sacrificed themselves for future generations.”These sites reflect the true image of Pakistan. The recent initiative of Capital Development Authority (CDA) to launch its Margalla tourist train service has multiplied the joys of people to visit this beautiful place with ease. A local visitor, Masud Bilal, while talking to APP said that the tourist train provided an opportunity to the visitors to see best recreational places and cultural heritage of Islamabad through its informative journey. The tourist train helped further in promoting tourism and cultural activities in the Capital, he added.

“I visit the monument every week in search of peace and comfort. In an aerial view, the monument looks like a star (centre) and a crescent moon (formed by walls forming the petals), similar to that of the national flag, this view really fascinate me a lot, especially in night, when the lights are turned on,” he maintained.

“It is grand, it is huge and it is absolutely magnificent,” said Luqmaan Saeed, who came to visit the monument from Attock along with his other friends. The museum of Pakistan Monument is truly awe-inspiring and one must commend the efforts of the designers, artists and sculptors who have preserved national precious heritage and rich culture in such an extraordinary way, he added.