LAHORE - Former president Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday inaugurated the 7th biggest mosque in the world at Bahria Town, Lahore.

Not too far away from the Bilawal House, this mosque has the capacity to accommodate 70,000 people at a time.

Many scholars, government officials, dignitaries and a large number of people including Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz were present. They made a tour of both, the internal and external areas of the mosque and appreciated its beauty.

Speaking on the occasion, Asif Zardari stated that this mosque is undoubtedly a magnificent work of Islamic architecture. He stated that this mosque is a generous act of humanity and a priceless gift for Bahria Town as well as the Pakistani nation.

The former president said that it was commendable that 7th biggest mosque in the world has been constructed in Pakistan. Construction of such a beautiful mosque is an everlasting virtue, he added.

As per sources, Asif Zardari inaugurated the mosque but did not offer the prayer because it was not the prayer time at the time of inauguration.

Malik Riaz said that a mosque is Allah’s home and all the resources utilised for its construction have been provided by the grace of the Almighty. He said that he would construct a similar mosque in Karachi as well. 

The cost to complete this beautiful piece of Islamic architecture was Rs 4 billion and has an outdoor capacity of 70,000 and an indoor capacity of 25,000, officially labeling it as Pakistan’s largest mosque.

Truly a masterpiece, the interior is absolutely magnificent with breathtaking interiors, representing the fusion of traditional Islamic architecture with the Pakistani culture. The carpet has been custom-made from Turkey and there are over 50 luminous chandeliers that have been imported from Iran, creating a vibrant Islamic ambiance. The structure comprises 4 minarets, each standing tall at 165 ft and a Grand Dome in the center, which is surrounded by 20 smaller domes.