UK Mulling to Put Muslim Female Spy on £50 Note

UK Mulling to Put Muslim Female Spy on £50 Note

Thursday, 18 October, 2018 - 06:15
Noor Inayat Khan
London - Asharq Al-Awsat
The new £50 note could become the UK’s first to feature a Muslim woman, as the Bank of England begins its call for submissions from the public.

Historians and politicians are among those who have called for the Second World War heroine, Noor Inayat Khan, to be the “face” of the highest-denomination note, which will be reissued in plastic from 2020, The Telegraph reported.

Inayat Khan was born to an American mother and a father of Indian royal descent in Russia in 1914. She then moved to France and from there escaped to Britain in 1940 and joined the British army.

She trained for the Women’s Auxiliary Airforce and was later recruited as a secret agent for the Special Operations Executive (SOE). She became the first female radio operator sent into Nazi-occupied France in 1943 - aged just 29.

She was then arrested by the Nazis who reportedly tortured her for ten months, but failed to extract information from her.

Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani told The Telegraph: "It's a phenomenal story, you don't think about the money in your purse, when you think about young girls taking a minute to think about the fantastic work that she did and the ultimate sacrifice she made...

"The more you learn about her, the more you learn how brave and bold she was.

"I believe she was also involved in rescuing some British and American pilots. Being able to do what she did with the limited resources they had would be remarkable."

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