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Nawaz inaugurates Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore, says park not for sit-ins

Nawaz inaugurates Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore, says park not for sit-ins

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday formally inaugurated the Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore and said that the park is not for sit-in as protesters are often on the look out for such venues.

"We should also post a sign in the park that it is not a place to hold sit-ins, as protesters are often on the lookout for such venues," said the prime minister.

The park is now open for public.

While addressing the public, the premier said that there is no other place in the entire subcontinent where "history and future lie together".

The prime minister was referring to one of the subcontinent's most revered poets, Allama Iqbal, whose tomb is located within the enclave of the park.

"This is not just any piece of land. It is where the Pakistan Resolution of 1940 was adopted," the premier added.

He also praised Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his team for the various tourist attractions that have been built in their tenure, including the renovation of the tomb of Hafeez Jalandhari, the poet who composed the country's national anthem.

On the occasion, the premier rode in a carriage through the park, which is spread over an area of 125 acres.

As reported by the contractor, Habib Construction Services, the 'project value' totaled Rs981 million.

The park has an artificial lake which spreads over four acres and is located in its centre, where visitors can also enjoy an 800-feet-long musical fountain.

There's also a library, an open-air gym and a food court in the park.

In addition, visitors can take a stroll through the cascade surrounded by four memorial monuments, representative of each of Pakistan's four provinces.

Patrons can also ride in the soft rail that runs along the two-kilometre-long 'Buggy Track'.

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