LONDON: A portrait of Pakistan’s founder, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was installed at Whitehall’s prestigious private club, the National Liberal Club, in London on Thursday.
It is a great honor for lawyer Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, to be recognized after 109 years. Jinnah was a member of the club in 1913, along with Mr. Dadabhai Naoroji. The portrait was prepared by artist Mr. Kaya Mar and was commissioned by Bilal Sheikh, the Principal of Mount Rose College, to acknowledge Jinnah’s presence in the club and the time he spent practicing as a lawyer in the UK.
The portrait was installed as part of Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day celebrations attended by artists, writers and club members at the Club, located near 10 Downing Street.
Jinnah, along with Mr. Dadabhai Naoroji, was the first South Asian leader to grace the main hall of this exclusive club. The initiative to commission Jinnah’s portrait was taken by Bilal Sheikh who leads a network of educational institutions and has campaigned for national recognition of Jinnah, including the campaign for the statue of Jinnah next to the Mahatma Gandhi and Sir Winston Churchill in 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.
Moazzam Ahmad Khan said Jinnah’s portrayal at the National Club is a deserved tribute to the nation’s founder during Pakistan’s 75th anniversary celebrations. He said Mr. Kaya Mar, a renowned artist, was commissioned by Bilal Sheikh to make the portrait which could reflect Jinnah’s true personality and his relevance to both East and West and the values that he married.
Bilal Sheikh said: “Mr. Kaya Mar knows Jinnah well as a great statesman and supporter of an egalitarian society. Mr. Kaya has captured the essence of the man as a liberal and progressive leader who has created a homeland for millions of people in the sub-continent without any difference in treatment Bilal Sheikh added: The portrayal of Jinnah by Mr. Kaya Mar shows him in his characteristic style and personality.