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Ulema was enraged by Jinnah’s picture on Pakistani notes, Musharraf had also hatched a nefarious conspiracy


  • The printing of Quaid-e-Azam’s photo in Pakistan was started in the year 1957.
  • State Bank of Pakistan printed Jinnah’s picture on Rs 100 note in 1957
  • Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf wanted to remove Jinnah’s picture from currency notes

The use of pictures of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on notes in India started much after independence, but the printing of Quaid-e-Azam’s photos in Pakistan started only in the year 1957. On December 24, 1957, the State Bank of Pakistan printed the picture of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, on a Rs 100 note. These notes were issued from Karachi, Lahore and Dhaka (now Bangladesh). Pakistan’s military dictator Pervez Musharraf had tried to print his picture by removing Jinnah’s picture on currency notes during his rule, but this could not happen.

According to the BBC report, this was the first currency note of Pakistan to have a picture of a human on it. There was a ruckus in Pakistan as soon as Jinnah’s picture was printed. This was strongly opposed by Pakistani Ulema and others. This was strongly opposed by Maulana Abdul Hameed Badayuni, president of Pakistan’s Central Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan. Badauni said that Jinnah did not like his picture even on the postage stamp.
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Maulana said that during his lifetime, Jinnah thought it appropriate to put a picture of the moon and stars or any Pakistani building on postage stamps. There itself
Maulana Asad-ul-Qadri, president of the Pakistan Dastur (All Pakistan Constitution) party, had called this move of the Pakistan government an “insult to Muslim sentiment”. He also said that this is completely un-Islamic way. Maulana Asad had appealed to the people to boycott the notes bearing Jinnah’s photographs.

On the other hand, Pakistan’s military dictator General Pervez Musharraf also did not like Jinnah’s picture on the notes and wanted to get his picture printed in his place. Former Pakistan PM Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali himself disclosed this in the year 2010. Jamali strongly opposed this plan of Musharraf and refused to accept it. Jamali said that he was not aware of who gave Musharraf the idea of ​​getting his picture printed on the notes.
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Traders also opposed the installation of Jinnah’s picture
Along with the Maulanas of Pakistan, the businessmen there also opposed the installation of Jinnah’s picture. According to Pakistani media articles published at that time, leaders of eight religious and other parties in Sargodha had called the printing of Jinnah’s picture against the guidelines of the Constitution of Pakistan and its basic spirit. He had opposed the practice of printing a picture of a person.


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