Bahria Town, News

Most Anticipated M-9 Interchange in Pakistan Finally Unfolds – Malik Riaz

The most modern and most significant South Asia’s interchange connecting the Motorway-9 has finally been inaugurated, which connects the Bahria town Karachi to Sukkur. This is the first and only interchange to be fully developed and managed by a private real estate developer in Pakistan.

The M-9 interchange was inaugurated by Malik Riaz Hussain Chairman and Ali Riaz Malik, CEO of Bahria Town, for the public in Pakistan.

M-9 interchange is 8 km long architecture with 3 underpasses, numerous slip roads, access roads, service roads, causeways, new modern flyover, and a widened existing flyover. It covers an area of 35 acres that is decorated with flowers, pretty plants, trees, grass, and pleasant landscaping. Another specialty of this project is the presence of a modern irrigation system.

Special attention is also given to the convenience of the commuters by having different lanes for the motorway passing through the interchange. For added security, an 8-foot fence and 3-foot high guard rail is fixed for the motorway and the interchange. This infrastructure is a result of the inspiration of the beauty of the Shaikh Zayed Road, which is located in Dubai. Also, the Bahria Town’s structure of the 18-lane 400-yard wide road is quite comparable to the quality and standards present in Jinnah Avenue. Bahria Town’s dedication is also evident from the efforts undertaken to promote and uplift the basic necessities of the residents of the city by the construction of noteworthy flyovers and underpasses in Clifton, Karachi.

The passion of the Bahria Town to bring the lost beauty of the city is evidently seen in the execution of cleanliness drive.

The inauguration of the interchange included special directions from the Bahria Town’s chairman Malik Riaz Hussain, and the event was a delight for around 10 million people living in the vicinity because this infrastructure eases the travel from Karachi and its surroundings. The underpasses and access roads were specifically constructed to benefit the people living in around the motorway.

Malik Riaz added that even though this project consumed billions of rupees, it was because the Almighty moved him to do for the welfare of Pakistan and its institutions. He also quoted that Bahria Town is also an important institution, and the construction of this structure is finished in the record time while adhering to the international standards along with modern installations.

He also stated that everything he has, along with this, is for Pakistan and its people.

The chairman stated that such a modern, beautiful, and standard interchange could not be found even in the neighboring countries. Rather than just being an interchange, this has also turned into a tourist attraction that does not require any tickets. Additionally, special pathways are arranged for people who like to take a stroll in the interchange.

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Bahria Masjid Quran Gallery is Now Open to the Public

The Grand Masjid, located at Bahria Town in Lahore, has got a new gallery which is now open for public viewing. The gallery features numerous rare copies of the handwritten Quran. Furthermore, the gallery also houses a unique collection of books on Fiqh and Ahadith.

The center of attraction of the Quran Gallery in the Grand Jamia Masjid is the handwritten Quran on canvas. This masterpiece is the handiwork of calligrapher Muhammad Ayub who lived in Agra, India. He started working on it in the year 1161(Hijri year), and it took him four years to complete the copy. Overall, there are over 50 handwritten copies of the Quran displayed in the gallery. Some copies date back to even 300-700 years in the past. The unique copies of the Quran showcase a plethora of styles of Arabic scripts and calligraphy to the public. The gallery also houses unique copies of the Quran translated from Arabic to the Persian language.

Apart from rare copies of the Quran, the gallery has dozens of original photographs of Holy Kabba, Masjid-e-Nabvi, and numerous other holy places. The photographs were clicked in the early 1990s.

As per Zubair Ahmed who is the general manager of the Grand Jamia Masjid Administration, many rare copies of Quran displayed in the gallery have been taken from the personal collection of Commodore(Retired) Late Ahsan Javed. He was the erstwhile Deputy CEO of Bahria Town and the father of Col(Retired) Ali Ahsan, who is the current head of security and HR of Bahria Town. Zubair also said that the gallery is the brainchild of the founder of Bahria Town, Malik Riaz. He has a deep interest in rare copies of the Holy Quran, and his association with Late Ahsan Javed spanned for more than 18 years. Zubair further gave the information that the many rare copies of the Quran, along with books on Fiqh and Ahadith, were obtained by Bahria Town CEO Ali Riaz Malik. The rare copy of the handwritten Quran on canvas by the Indian calligrapher was also procured by the CEO himself.

The capacity of the Grand Jamia Masjid is 70,000, and the total area covered by the mosque is 10.5 acres, as per Zubair Ahmed. He elaborated that 25,000 can be accommodated inside the mosque while 45,000 can fit in the outer area of the mosque. He also said that Grand Jamia Masjid is the seventh-largest mosque in the world. Zubair Ahmed also provided the information that the management plans to set up an Islamic University and Research Centre in the basement of the Grand Jamia Masjid.

Col (Retired) Ali Ahsan said that his father, Late Air Commodore(Retired) Ahsan Javed was passionate about collecting rare copies of the Quran. He gave the credit for the gallery to his father and respected Malik Riaz Hussain. He also called the gallery a humble effort to preserve Islamic art and history.

The gallery will be open to the local public daily. The timings are from 10 am to 10 pm.

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