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Should Pakistan put its founding fathers on its currency?

The currencies that dominate the world…

There are hundreds of currencies on this planet, yet only a handful of them truly dominate the market.

The likes are US Dollar, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar, and Euro.

Most trading is currently being conducted upon the promise of payment in these currencies.

Since these are the dominant currencies with proper security protocols and governmental backing, they’re trusted more than others.

But there’s another unique feature that defines these currencies into various aspects.

That feature is that a vast majority of them feature either the governing bodies or the founding figures on their currencies as a show of strength and unity.

However, Pakistan doesn’t have such a program in place at all!

When an overseas Pakistani is asked about their background, they’re usually befuddled or confused as to what answer to give to the query….

Most just say “Quaid e Azam” because he’s the most prominent personality – and for good measure too!

But he’s not the only one by a far measure.

There are giants like Allama Iqbal, Allama Muhammad Assad (Leopold Weiss), Nawabzada Liaqet Ali Khan, and Fatima Jinnah.

These are the personalities that were critical in the ideological forming and later literal founding of Pakistan.

However, a more controversial take on this issue is the presence of some of our leaders who had led us through very difficult circumstances like Gen. Ayub Khan and Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

The ones we can’t put on any notes are the likes of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Gen. Zia-ul-Haq, Nawaz Sharif, and Benazir Bhutto.

Simply because of a very controversial and destructive stance towards Pakistan.

There are other heroes that we should be paying homage to as well, the likes of Rashid Minhas, Shabbir Sharif, Major Aziz Bhatti, or “Kernail” Sher Khan.

Then how do we solve the dilemma of introducing our leaders to the world?

The answer may seem a little simple, but it’s quite a monumental task to achieve.

The simplicity lies in the fact that we can strictly rule out any “heroes” with dubious roles or past history and only concentrate on the ones who sacrificed the most and gained the eternal respect of the Pakistani nation.

As such our work is really cut out for us, we can at least do our heroes service and give them their rightful place on the Pakistani Rupee.

Who can be on the Pakistani Rupee note?

I’m glad you asked!

A possible combination of a Rs. 5, Rs. 10, Rs. 20, Rs. 50, Rs. 100, Rs. 1000, Rs. 5000 can be as follows:

  • Rs. 5: Allama Muhammad Assad
  • Rs. 10: Liaqet Ali Khan
  • Rs. 20: Fatima Jinnah
  • Rs. 50: Quaid e Azam
  • Rs. 100: Allama Iqbal

To be honest, the Rs. 1000, and Rs. 5000 notes should be discontinued because they’re a liability and a symbol of drainage of the economy. But if some of you have creative ideas, we’re open to hearing from you about it, put down your thoughts in the comment section below:

Before you do though, here are some rules:

  • The hero has to directly correlate to Pakistani history: only positive contributions count
  • They can’t have a role that’s too controversial for everyone to accept
  • They can’t have strong political or religious affiliations
  • No political or democratic leaders will be accepted
  • No militaristic or dictatorial leaders will be accepted
  • You can’t have any heroes from a history that are unrelated to Pakistan or goes back more than 150 years into the past
  • They can be a public figure but again not related to any political or religious affiliation that hinders the outreach of the constitution of Islamic Rebuplic of Pakistan

Go ham!

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