Teen Talwar aur Teen Khanjar

Posted on June 9, 2009
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Photo of the Day
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Owais Mughal

A mini replica of Karachi’s famous ‘teen (3) talwar‘ monument has emerged in Mirpur Khas. In the photo below Karachi’s three-sword landmark is to the left and Mirpur Khas replica to the right.

What do our readers have to say about architectural copies of landmarks or architectural plagiarization?


I understand Mirpur Khas is a much smaller city than Karachi and has much limited resources. But inspite of lack of funds to build a landmark of grand scale, some ingenuity of design must be practised.

This particular landmark design is just an example. Through this post, I want to raise a general question on whether copying a landmark is OK or does it leave a bad taste showing prevalent mediocrity in the society.

To me personally it leaves a bad taste. This is mediocrity and lack of ingenuity.

Following two photos are another example of copycat architecture in Pakistan. First photo is Shaikh Zyed Center in Punjab University Campus, Lahore and the photo below it is Shaikh Zayed Center at Karachi University. Both buildings are identical. I must admit that to me these buildings are beautiful and symmetric. They are far from being ugly but I do have this wish that if somebody was spending millions of rupees on construction of these huge buildings, they could’ve made their design unique too.

Shaikh Zayed Center, Punjab University, Lahore

Shaikh Zayed Center, Karachi University, Karachi

Before ending, I realize the grammatically correct title of the post should’ve been “teen talwareN aur teen khanjar” Or may be a more poetic one such as ‘talwar teri aankhen, khanjar teri nigaaheN’ but I’ve kept the title as it is to go with the common name of the monument which is ‘teen talwar’.

Photo Credits: Raja Islam and Jehangir Khan

18 responses to “Teen Talwar aur Teen Khanjar

  1. Owais Mughal says:

    For a background on ‘teen talwar’ I remember it used to have inscriptions of Unity, Faith and Discipline. One on each sword.

  2. Iftikhar-ur-Rehman says:

    Plagiarism the name of the game in Pakistan. When our top professors, teachers are involved in stealing the research work of others and get the degrees, I believe copying Teen Talwar wont hurt whereas the cheaters teachers they really hurt the future of Pakistan

  3. Owais Mughal says:

    MQ saheb, your ‘qulfi stick’ comment is very funny. made me smile :)

  4. MQ says:

    Farrukh Shahbaz:

    I think Teen Talwar was commissioned during ZAB’s period. Since ZAB’s first name meant talwar (sword) and the PPP’s symbol then was also a talwar, someone ‘wisely’ came up with the two monuments (Teen talwar and dau talwar) on Clifton Road. ZAB’s personal house also happened to be located in Clifton.

    The one in Mirpurkhas is obviously a cheap replica of the Teen Talwar. Looks more like sticks of Kulfi. My guess is, it was built by the former chief minister of Sindh. Remember him, that obnoxious character, who was slapped with a slipper by someone in the Sindh Assembly and then disappeared from the scene? I mean, the chief minister.

  5. ahsan says:

    THe design of Luxor is inspired by the Pyramid and not a copy. Same is the case with NewYork NewYork.

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