Why didnt Pakistan name its curreny Dhiram/Riyal or something??

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  1. Yusuf

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    Was just wondering that Pakistan did its best to delink its history from India, why did it not change the name of its currency Rupees which is very much Indian and based on a sanskrit word?? Why did it not rename its currency to Riyal or Dhiram or something as they try to identify themselves more with Arabs??
     
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    They might say that Rupee was introduced by Sher Shah Suri, a muslim King.
     
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    That thought came to my mind. But Sher Shah named it after sanskrit word.
     
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    Well you had the rupee as legal tender till the1960s in Oman and Bahrain till the 1960s. The Indian Rupee and later the British Indian Rupee was legal tender in many places historically.

    Besides, the simple reason is probably because they are justpart of South Asia after all. And by making Urdu their national language, they have been "indianised" further.
     
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    oh yes, thats so funny, but why this craze of distancing with everything that is linked to the subcontinent culture, is it because they see it as a hindu thing? or do they hate the secularism part? come to think of it they want to do away with urdu, strange!
     
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    There is more indianity to pakistan then india itself.Ofcourse thats other thing they dont realise and come up with some funny theories to explain away things.Even Jinnah who proclaimed pakistan as separate culture country from india was totally opposed to INC adopting "India" name for its dominion. based on the name "the land of indus".only thing he didnt realise that india is not some lump of land with boundaries its the cultural connonations of diverse people belonging to the land.thats why it was called by different name .
     
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    That guy not only broke up our country, but also wanted to deny us our rightful identity. I have no respect for such a person. And those calling him secular are Idiots.
     
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    Its opposite...Pakistan's identity is from india.India is kinda of beacon which define pakistan which is totally opposite to it.Take away india from them they wont be having any identity then.
     
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    Jinnah could not have been a secularist as he demanded a separate country based on religion. So its a bit ironic that most people say that Jinnah envisioned a secular pakistan when the basis of founding their country was communal.
     
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    just after independence provisional issue of Pakistani banknotes were made consisting of GOI and RBI notes of 1,2,5,10 and 100 overprinted with the text "Government of Pakistan" in English and Urdu. Pakistan commenced regular issues only in 1948.

    from wikipedia, more here
     
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    also one can say that any change at that time should have been acceptable to East Pakistan. dunno if West Pakistan would have really cared about them
     
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    exactly, when ever someone refers to jinnah and his secularists ideals, i find it a little contradictory. in the first place they wanted a land only for the muslims, and two they named their land islamic republic, so if pakistan was to become secular, and if that is what jinnah dreamed off then the whole concept is a failure and there never was a need of a separate country, on similar lines, b'desh's SC has declared that country secular!
     
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    Jinnah was not communal.It was just that he used religion to achieve his goal.If you say it being communal then you have to accept Mahatma Gandhi too as communal for his support to khilafat movement.but both used religion with political aim in mind which you cant define as being communal.
     
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    You can't compare Jinnah with Gandhi. Gandhi supported both the majority & the minority where as jinnah only spoke for muslims.
     
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    You are mixing up things.Jinnah never wanted a islamist state what he wanted was a muslim state.There is quite big difference in being islamic state like Saudi aran and being a muslim state like turkey.
     
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    Till 1966 Indian rupee (or Gulf Rupee) was the currency in the Dubai-Qatar and they have only changed it to their own currency Riyal in 1966 due to devaluation of the rupee by India. Since Pakistan has already started using the rupee as its currency, they didn't change it or you can also say that since rupee is what is referred to as currency in Urdu and it being their national language they had no other choice but to continue with that name.
     
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    I would suggest you to read about Jinnah first before throwing punches here.
     
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    If using religion to achieve political aims is not being communal then BJP is also not communal. Congress too is not communal or secular or whatever term you want to give.

    Anyways was just wondering if anyone knows about the Pak Rupee. Did they at any point in time think about renaming their currency to sound more Arabic?
     
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    Good question, I see the trend in Pakistani's to relate more to Arabs. It is another thing Arabs care little about them. Also you see them talking about Ummha more, do you know why? It is because otherwise they have nothing to talk about the
    Self when it comes to history.
     
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    The day "religion" was used as a basis for creating a country that country cease to exist as a secular country not matter what Jinnah has delivered in his speeches.
     

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