LONDON: A portrait of Quaid-e-Azam (Founder of Pakistan) Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and a Member of the National Liberal Club back, has been installed at Whitehall’s prestigious National Liberal Club.
National Liberal Club (NLC) is a London private members’ club, was established by William Ewart Gladstone in 1882 to provide club facilities for Liberal Party campaigners among the newly enlarged electorate following the Third Reform Act in 1884.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a club member in 1913, along with 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 recognize 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 Dadabhai Naoroji becomes the first South Asian leaders to honor 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.
“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.”