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The Bab-e-Pakistan (Urdu: Gateway of Pakistan) is a national monument in Lahore, Pakistan which is being built on the site of one of the major refugee camps which operated in the aftermath of Partition of India.[1] The memorial was proposed in 1985, by the late military Governor of Punjab, Lieutenant General Ghulam Jillani, and was approved immediately by the military president, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. The monument is designed by a Lahore based architect Amjad Mukhtar, who is a graduate from National College of Arts, Lahore.

The project experienced some difficulty in getting started because of the unstable political situation following the death of Zia in 1988. A second attempt was made in 1991 with the support of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but again the project was stalled.[1] The third attempt has been during the administration of President Pervez Musharraf.[2] Construction work has now started and is due to be completed by 2014.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Bab-e-Pakistan Project". Government of Pakistan. Retrieved 29 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "Musharraf approves Bab-e-Pakistan construction". Government of Pakistan. 29 March 2004. Retrieved 29 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Bab-e-Pakistan to be ready by August 2009". Daily Times of Pakistan. 6 April 2007. Retrieved 29 November 2007.