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15 Iconic Yet Rare Pictures of Quaid e Azam

15 Iconic Yet Rare Pictures of Quaid e Azam


Quaid e Azam was born on the 25th of December, and went on to become the founder of the nation. In honour of his birthday, we’ve decided to look back at an iconic collection of photographs that attempt to capture the full essence of his enigmatic personality.

Starting off with the young barrister Mr Jinnah

Another one from his youth

After becoming the youngest ‘Indian’ student to be called to the Bar on April 29, 1896, at Lincoln’s Inn (London), Mr Jinnah moved to Bombay and began working as a lawyer. Within a few years, he became one of the leading lawyers in the subcontinent.

Rose between thorns

This image in particular reminds us of an event involving Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Lord Mountbatten and his wife. Lord Mountbatten proposed that Quaid-i-Azam be photographed with Lord and Lady Mountbatten. As the etiquette of the time dictated, it was customary for the lady to stand between the two gentlemen. So he told Lady Mountbatten: “Now you will be photographed as the rose between the two thorns”.

But Mountbatten insisted that Jinnah should stand in the middle and when Quaid-i-Azam obliged, Mountbatten said to him: “Now you are the rose between two thorns.”

Rare photo of Quaid e Azam in which he is relaxing

He loved his dogs

Quaid e Azam seated next to his old-time friend, Pestonjee H. J. Rustomjee, in Bombay in the early 1900s. At the back is Pestonjee’s daughter, Homi.

Quaid photographed with one of his confidants

Mr Jinnah smiling broadly while standing next to his friend and political ally, Mohammad Amir Ahmed Khan, the Raja Sahib of Mehmoodabad.

Mr Jinnah with His Daughter Dina in Their Hampstead Home

Towards independence

Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Miss Fatima Jinnah arrived in Karachi on August 7, 1947. 

Jinnah photographed at the radio station

Mr Jinnah is about to record his response to Lord Mountbatten’s June 3 Plan about the partition of India into two dominions.

His last visit to Dhaka

Mr Jinnah was welcomed by Khawaja Nazimuddin when he arrived at the Governor-General House in Dhaka. This was Mr Jinnah’s first visit to East Pakistan as Governor-General, which turned out to be his last as well.

Jinnah photographed in his library

May 1946: Portrait of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Pres. of India’s Muslim League, dressed in Western-style suit, in the study of his palacial home.


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