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Monday, September 5, 2011

Pakistan & Iran Joint Issue


Joint Commemorative Postage Stamps between Pakistan and Iran on Minar-e-Pakistan and Milad Tower Iran 29 August, 2011:- Milad Tower Iran:- Milad Tower is the tallest tower in Iran. BUilt in between the Shahrak-e Gharb and Gisha districts of Tehran, it stands 435 m (1,427 ft) high from base to tip of the antenna. The head consists of a large pod with 12 floors, the roof of which is at 315 m (1,033 ft). Below this is a staircase and elevators to reach the area. Milad Tower is the fifth tallest tower in the world after the Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower in Guangzhou, CN Tower in Toronto, Ostankino Tower in Moscow, and the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. It is also currently (in early 2010) the 14th tallest freestanding structure in the world.
Milad Tower is part of The Tehran International Trade and Convention Center. The project includes the Milad telecommunication tower offering restaurants at the top with panoramic views of Tehran, a five-star hotel, a convention center, a world trade center, and an IT park. The complex seeks to respond to the needs of business in the globalized world of the 21st century by offering facilities combining trade, information, communication, convention and accommodation all in one place.
Furthermore, the complex features a parking area of 27,000 square meters, a large computer and telecommunications unit, a cultural and scientific unit, a commercial transaction center, a temporary showroom for exhibiting products, a specialized library, an exhibition hall, and an administrative unit. Milad Tower has an octagonal base, symbolizing traditional Persian architecture.
Milad Tower, with its height of 435 meters, is the fourth tallest telecommunication tower in the world in addition to being the tallest such tower in the Middle East. Milad Tower consists of five main parts; foundation, transition (lobby) structure, shaft, head structure and antenna mast. The lobby structure consists of six floors. The first three floors consist of 63 trade units, 11 food courts, a cafeteria and a commercial products exhibition, which is supposed to be 260 square meters.
The first and second floors underground consist of official and installing sections and data center. The ground floor is devoted to the entrance and visitors reception. The shaft is a concrete structure which is 310 meters high. In three different sides of it 6 elevators are designed to transfer the visitors to the head of the tower at the speed of 7 meters per second and an emergency staircase exists at the fourth side.
The head of the tower is a metal structure weighing about 20,000 tons and consisting of 12 floors. This structure is the tallest multi-story structure among all the telecommunication towers in the world. In the top floors of the tower, there are the fire-immune area, closed observation deck, cafeteria, public art gallery, open observation deck, a revolving restaurant, telecommunication floors, and a sky dome. The 4-stage antenna mast is
120 meters high. The lower floor of the mast is for the adjustment of public users telecommunication antennas and the three upper floors are devoted to the antenna of radio and television organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
International convention center:- The center's main parts are 7 conference salons and an exhibition space with an area of 700 square meters, and its other features are a lobby, a training room, two powder rooms, a radio and television studio, and reception services.
International hotel:- A five-star hotel with 52000 sq. m. area has been established in order to provide local and global tourists and the guests attending the conventions with accommodation and reception services.
World trade center:- This center with 40,000 sq. m. area has been established with different sections for national and global commercial business transaction, exhibitions for products and services, technical and scientifie conventions.
MINAR-E-PAKISTAN:- Minar-e-Pakistan is a tall minaret in Iqbal Park Lahore, built in commemoration of the Pakistan Resolution. The minaret reflects a blend of Mughal and modern architecture, and is constructed on the site where on March 23, 1940, seven years before the formation of Pakistan, the Pakistan Resolution, demanding the creation of Pakistan, was passed. This was the first official declaration to establish a separate homeland for the Muslims living in the South Asia. Pakistan now celebrates this day as a national holiday each year.
The foundation stone was laid on March 23, 1960. The construction took eight years of time, and was completed in 1968. The Minar was completed on 31
October 1968. The base of the minaret is about 8 meters above the ground. The tower rises about 60 meters on the base, thus the total height of minaret is about 72 meters above the ground. The unfolding petals of the flower-like base are 9 meters high. The diameter of the tower is about 97.5 meters (320 feet). The base platform is shaped like a five-pointed star and encloses two crescent shaped pools. There is a central spiral staircase rising up with 162 steps.At the base, there are floral inscriptions on ten converging white marble Commemorative plaques. The inscriptions include the text of Lahore Resolution in Urdu, Bengali and English, and Delhi Resolution's text, which was passed on April 9, 1946. On different plaques, Quranic verses and 99 attributes of God are inscribed in Arabic calligraphy, whereas National Anthem of Pakistan in Urdu and Bengali, excerpts from the speeches of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founding father of Pakistan, in Urdu, Bengali and English, as well as few couplets of Allama Iqbal are inscribed.
The monument attracts visitors from all over Pakistan, as well as the inhabitants of Lahore. The large public space around the monument is commonly used for political and public meetings. Today, the minaret provides a panoramic view to visitors who can climb up the stairs or through an elevator. The parks around the monument include marble fountains and an artificial lake.
On Milad Tower and Minar-e-Pakistan a Joint Commemorative Postage Stamps of Rs. 8/- denomination between Pakistan and Iran is being issued by Pakistan Post on 29th August 2011.