Offence: Bizenjo was jailed for writing slogan on banknote

Qadri’s appeal to write anti-govt slogans on banknotes reminds people of Balochistan’s NAP's movement against one unit

Our Correspondent September 15, 2014


Dr Tahirul Qadri’s appeal to write anti-government slogans on banknotes reminded people of Balochistan’s National Awami Party’s (NAP) movement against one unit.

Baloch nationalist leader and founding leader of NAP, Mir Ghaus Buksh Bizenjo, was imprisoned for 14 years in mid-1960s when he wrote ‘Break Up One Unit’ on a Rs100 banknote.

More than fifty years ago Sarawan district’s assistant commissioner had presided over an official jirga following the recovery of a banknote defaced with a slogan from Bizenjo.

The jirga later found Bezinjo guilty and ordered 14 years of imprisonment. The one unit was later abolished and four provinces were revived in 1970s.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 15th, 2014.


Hasan | 6 years ago | Reply

Writing Go Nawaz GO will reduce currency note to zero value. Nawaz is such a bad name that Rs. 5000 has no value after writing his name. What will happen with state of Pakistan whose PM is Nawaz.

Nida Alvi | 6 years ago | Reply

ET where is my comment? Unfair! I am sharing the rules from State Bank of Pakistan The values of currency notes are not payable under the Note Refund Regulations if: • Carrying any message of a political character. • Portrait of Quaid-e-Azam is desecrated. Followers of Imran-ul-Qadri will be responsible for their own loss, apart from being jailed!

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