Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore

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باغ جناح
Lawrence Gardens
Bagh-e-Jinnah Lahore Pakistan.jpg
Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore is located in Lahore
Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore
Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore is located in Pakistan
Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore
LocationMall Road, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Coordinates31°33′13″N 74°19′53″E / 31.553727°N 74.331304°E / 31.553727; 74.331304Coordinates: 31°33′13″N 74°19′53″E / 31.553727°N 74.331304°E / 31.553727; 74.331304
Area141 acres (0.57 km2)[1]
EtymologyThe Garden of Jinnah is named after Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan. Earlier, it was named after John Lawrence, Viceroy of India.[2]
Administered byParks and Horticulture Authority

Bagh-e-Jinnah (Punjabi, Urdu: باغ جناح‎; “Jinnah Garden”), formerly known as Lawrence Gardens (لارنس گارڈن), is a historical park in the city of Lahore, Pakistan.[3] The large green space contains a botanical garden, Masjid Dar-ul-Islam,[4][5] and Quaid-e-Azam Library[6] situated in a Victorian building.

Walking trail in Bagh-e-Jinnah

There are also entertainment and sports facilities within the park: an open-air theater, a restaurant, tennis courts and the Gymkhana Cricket Ground. It is located on Lawrence Road next to Lahore Zoo, directly across from the Governor's House on The Mall.

Past – Lawrence Gardens[edit]

Originally built as botanical garden modelled on Kew Gardens, it was named after John Lawrence, Viceroy of India from 1864 to 1869.[7] The place used to hold his statue, which was later moved to Foyle and Londonderry College in Northern Ireland.

A fountain in the Bagh-e-Jinnah park

Present – Bagh-e-Jinnah[edit]

Jinnah Garden (Bagh e Jinnah) Lahore that is situated on 141 acres (0.57 km2) at this time, earlier it was in 176 acres (0.71 km2), but the land was given to Lahore zoo, botanical garden govt. college university Lahore and to roads alongside the garden. Now it is almost the plant area except roads building is 121 acres (0.49 km2). It is a beautiful and well managed botanical garden in Pakistan.

It has almost 150 varieties of trees, 140 types of shrubs, 50 types of creepers, 30 palms, almost 100 succulent and about same indoor along with almost all varieties of annual flowers. The garden has a good name in Chrysanthemum shows, it was the first institute that started growing chrysanthemum and maximum no of varieties for it. It has 3 nurseries, 4 hilloaks in it.

Pterygota alata in Bagh-e-Jinnah

Information and services[edit]

  • Bagh-e-Jinnah has two libraries, Quaid-e-Azam library and Darusalam in it.
  • Regarding collection of trees, shrubs and climbers a book has been published by Ch. Muhammad Tariq (DDA Jinnah Garden, Muhammad Ramzan Rafique (Agricultural Officer) and Dr. Muhammad Afzal (Instructor). (Flora of Jinnah Garden) This book contains common name, botanical name, flower time, type of plant (deciduous or evergreen), flowering color of each plant along with its picture. Furthermore, this book contains selective pictures from palm garden, annual flowers in this garden. This book can be obtained from the office of Jinnah Garden.
  • The park receives a nostalgic mention of the 1970s and 1980s life in Bano Qudsia's remarkable Urdu novel Raja Gidh.
  • The Park has a Tomb of Great Saint named Peer Sakhi Abul Faizul Hassan commonly known as Baba Turat Muraad Shah, with a heavy number of visitors.
  • The park has a track of 2.65 kilometers.

Cricket ground[edit]

Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore
LocationLahore, Punjab, Pakistan
OwnerPakistan Cricket Board

Bagh-e-Jinnah park is a famous cricket ground since 1885, built for the entertainment of government officers and civil servants.[8] Lahore Gymkhana Club had regular fixture here. The ground played host to friendly matches, competitive fixtures and host to Pakistan's first unofficial Test against the West Indies in 1948. A few more unofficial Tests later, Bagh-e-Jinnah became a Test venue when Pakistan took on India in 1954–55. New Zealand[9] and West Indies[10] also played a Test here before Bagh-e-Jinnah lost its Test status as it played second fiddle to Gaddafi Stadium but still hosts tour matches involving visiting nations, especially England.[11]

Test Centuries[edit]

Only four centuries have been scored at the venue.[12]

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 111 Noel McGregor  New Zealand 138 1  Pakistan 26 October 1955 Lost
2 189 Marcus Trescothick  Pakistan 138 2  New Zealand 26 October 1955 Won
3 209 Chris Gayle  Pakistan 137 2  New Zealand 26 October 1955 Won
4 217 Lou Vincent  West Indies 117 1  Pakistan 26 March 1959 Won

Test five wicket Hauls[edit]

Two five wicket hauls in Test matches have been taken at the venue.[13]

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Result
1 Subhash Gupte 29 January 1955  India  Pakistan 1 73.5 133 5 1.80 Drawn
2 Wes Hall 26 March 1959  West Indies  Pakistan 2 24 87 5 3.62 Won


Below are some pictures of Bagh-e-Jinnah:

Quaid-e-Azam Library
Quaid-e-Azam Library
Quaid-e-Azam Library
Cricket Ground Pavilion
Tennis courts
The mosque
Walking Trail
Walking Trail
Walking Trail
Side view of Library
Montgomery Hall 1890s taken by John Burke

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ali Raza (6 February 2015). "Rare trees murdered for Bagh-e-Jinnah sewer". Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  2. ^ Yaqoob Khan Bangash (7 December 2014). "The unfortunate Lawrence | TNS – The News on Sunday". Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  3. ^ Google maps. "Location of Bagh-e-Jinnah". Google maps. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Jamia Masjid Dar-ul-Islam (Bagh-e-Jinnah), Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan – Islamic Centers, Masjids Mosques, Muslim Owned Businesses, Islamic Schools and Colleges". 27 June 2004. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Leading News Resource of Pakistan". Daily Times. 11 January 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
  6. ^ [1] Archived 29 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Quaid-e-Azam Library.
  7. ^ Lawrence Gardens Archived 6 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine at Garden Visit website. (Retrieved 27 March 2007)
  8. ^ Imtiaz Sipra (2000), Bagh-e-Jinnah Cricket Ground: Where the twain shall always meet, Cricinfo, 24 November. (Retrieved 27 March 2007)
  9. ^ New Zealand tour of Pakistan, 1955/56 2nd Test Scorecard
  10. ^ West Indies tour of Pakistan, 1958/59 3rd Test Scorecard
  11. ^ "Lawrence Gardens". ESPN Cricinfo. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  12. ^ {[cite web|url=;filter=advanced;ground=301;orderby=start;qualmin1=100;qualval1=batted_score;size=200;template=results;type=batting;view=innings |title=Statistics - Statsguru - Test Matches - Batting Records| accessdate=29 August 2019| work=ESPN Cricinfo}}
  13. ^ "Statistics - Statsguru - Test Matches - Bowling Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2019.

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