A CONTEMPORARY SUBJECT OF PAKISTANI GIRLS,
MODERN PAINTINGS BY M.A. RAHMAN CHUGHTAI
All three paintings are not with us but we carry archives of them. Number one was with the wife of Muhammed Ali Bogra, once Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Provence of the second one is not known but probably sold in Karachi to some collector. The third one was gifted to UNITED NATIONS by Raana Liaquat Ali Khan in 1954. It is no longer in the UNO Headquarters, reputed to be stolen from there by some staff of UNO, along with the other one that is “Sultan and the Saint”. The third one “Jahangeer and Nur Jehan” is still there according to last information.
Reported to Secretary General UNO as well as Pakistani Ambassador but no one took notice of the issue. If things can be stolen from there, imagine condition of other places. That is life! Our moronic leaders (more often) go to UNO many times, but no one even asks about the condition of the Gift of Government of Pakistan to United Nations. An unprecedented prestige at that given time, only four painters represented at UNO. Reviewed by leading American critic at that time, Jacob Baal Teshuva. The works were hung in an important place, in a cafe, just outside where the UNO meet in issues facing the world. Kofi Anan used to dance on New Year Ball in front of them. Memories are there with many, but originals where?