As the nation celebrates the 70th Independence Day anniversary of the motherland — a visit to the mausoleum of Qauid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah to pay homage to the Founder of Pakistan shall be on the cards by many compatriots. An amazing spectacle is awaiting these happy people.
That’s a magnificent chandelier adding to the grandeur of the last resting place of the greatest benefactor of the Muslims of South Asia. This scintillating Chandelier gifted by Pakistan’s time tested friend China was unveiled by President Mamnoon Hussain on December 17, 2016.
The 23 metres long new ceiling mounted fixture weighs 1.2 ton and has decorative lights in four arrays. It has been completed at a cost of Rs 220 million. The use of 8.3 kilograms of 24 karat gold adds splendor to the mausoleum. The Chandelier has been designed by the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design Company Limited.
The installation of the Chandelier by a team of Chinese experts had started on October 13, and completed on November 27. A hand over certificate was signed on December 8, after the Chandelier passed the test. The state-of-the-art chandelier contains 40 lights in four tiers and eight lights on crystal falls.
The old chandelier was also gifted by China in 1971, but it had lost its shine over the decades due to environmental effects. The working for the installation of the new Chandelier had begun in 2013 when an eight-member delegation headed by Yan Jianming, Counselor, Economic and Commercial Office of Consulate General of China in Karachi alongside Miao Qisong, Vice General Engineer/Director, Research Department of Structure, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design visited Mazar-e-Quaid on November 12, 2013.
The Chinese side agreed to undertake the project and prepare its feasibility report. On August 5, 2015, a six-member delegation headed by Wang Zhihua, Counselor, Economic and Commercial Office of Consulate General of Peoples Republic of China in Karachi, having specialised engineers and 3D scanning experts visited Mazar-e-Quaid to make the complete 3D scan of the old chandelier for collection of necessary structural data required for the replacement of old chandelier.