Bilal Sheikh’s Jinnah portrait goes live at National Liberal Club London

Mujtaba Ali Shah 10:50 PM | 4 Mar, 2022
Bilal Sheikh’s Jinnah portrait goes live at National Liberal Club London

LONDON – A portrait of Quaid-I-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan and a Member of the National Liberal Club back, has been installed at Whitehall's prestigious National Liberal Club. 

It's a great honour for Barrister Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, to be recognised after 109 years. Jinnah was a club member in 1913, along with Mr Dadabhai Naoroji.

The portrait was prepared by the artist Mr Kaya Mar and was commissioned by Bilal Sheikh, the Principal of Mont Rose College, to recognise Jinnah's presence in the club and his time spent while practicing as a Barrister in the United Kingdom. 

The portrait has been installed as part of Pakistan's 75th Independence Anniversary celebrations in the presence of artists, writers, and club members at the Club, which is located close to 10 Downing Street.

Jinnah, along with Mr Dadabhai Naoroji, becomes the first South Asian leaders to honour the main hallway of this exclusive club. The initiative to commission Jinnah's portrait was taken by Bilal Sheikh who runs a network of education institutions and has been campaigning for the national level recognition of Jinnah including the campaign for the statue of Jinnah next to Mahatma Gandhi and Sir Winston Churchill in the Parliament Square.

Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Moazzam Ahmad Khan attended the event at the National Liberal Club along with over 50 prominent British Pakistanis.

Khan said that Jinnah's portrait at the National Club is a befitting tribute to the founder of the nation at the 75th birthday celebrations of Pakistan. He said that Mr Kaya Mar, a renowned artist, was commissioned by Bilal Sheikh to make the portrait that could reflect the true personality of Jinnah and his relevance to both the east and the west and the values he espoused. 

Kaya Mar has prepared Dadabhai Naoroji's portraits in the past and did an "outstanding job", Bilal Sheikh said, adding that Lord Bilimoria commissioned Mr Dadabhai Naoroji portrait to recognise the contribution of Great Dadabhai Naoroji.

"I commissioned this portrait after learning that Mr Kaya Mar knows Jinnah well as a great statesman and a believer in an equal society. Mr Kaya has captured the essence of the man as a liberal and progressive leader who created a homeland for millions of people in the subcontinent without any differential treatment.”

Sheikh, in his speech, further said that he sat with the artist to go through the concept and style of the portrait and discussed the significance of the artwork and how millions of Pakistanis adore Jinnah and other worldwide historians.

He added that Maar's portrayal of Jinnah shows him in his characteristic style and personality. "This portrait emphasises Muhammad Ali Jinnah's time spent in London, his sense of western clothing, his uniquely elegant style and his strong sense of fashion along with the equal society."

"Jinnah travelled to England in 1892, studied law for four years at Lincoln's Inn, and was called to the bar in England at just 19 years of age. He was greatly influenced by the liberalism of William E. Gladstone, who had become Prime Minister for the fourth time in 1892.”

Sheikh mentioned that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Pakistan in October 2019 at the Foreign and Common Wealth Office's request to celebrate the historical relationship between the two countries; the commissioning of this portrait is to enhance further ties between Pakistan and the United Kingdom. 

“The portrait depicts Jinnah as a politician, lawmaker, and charismatic leader who believed in equality and diversity and altered history. My ultimate wish is to commission a statue of Jinnah to be erected outside the UK parliament square in line with other world leaders, likewise, statues of Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Abrahams Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and others to showcase the right side of history to British Pakistanis.

“I have dedicated myself to the cause of Jinnah along with the other friends for the future generation to admire Jinnah's Contribution towards British society. This portrait is being donated to NLC by the Sons and Daughters of Pakistan. It's the combined effort of all British Pakistani well-wishers who truly believe in Jinnah,” he concluded.

Mujtaba Ali Shah

Mujtaba Ali Shah is Daily Pakistan's UK Bureau Chief and Reporter. He reports regularly on Pakistani community news reports from London. He writes for the Daily Pakistan news and reports for the digital properties of Daily ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 8, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 276.9 280.15
Euro EUR 296.12 296.74
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.78 332.48
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.06 75.36
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.48 73.79
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.71
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.18
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.41
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – Gold prices fell on Wednesday for the third straight day in local markets, after hitting aan all-time high in previous week.

The per tola price of 24 carats gold in Pakistan dropped by Rs2,000 to settle at Rs198,000 while the price of 10 grams decreased by Rs1715 to reach Rs169753.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity witnessed an upward trend as per ounce price reached to $1,880 after an increase of $11 dollars.


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