Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah


The youngest sister of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, I adoringly called by the Nation ‘Madar-e-Millat’, is said to have been born on July 31, 1893 at Karachi and was educated in a convent school of Bombay. Later she studied dentistry at Calcutta and practiced there for a year.

She earned a place of great eminence as a freedom fighter of tenacious determination when her illustrious brother, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was in the midst of spearheading the struggle for Pakistan. Throughout those critical years of stresses and strains she looked after her physically ailing brother as a ‘great national trust’.

After the death of her great brother in 1948 she devoted the rest of her life to the educational and social uplift of the Muslim women. Her real political worth, sagacity, for the righteousness and unstilted support for democracy came to the fore when she stood firmly behind the opposition parties in the Country trying to stem the tide of undemocratic practices and dictatorship. She inspired hope and gave new lease of life to the people of Pakistan by contesting the Presidential Election against the then President Ayub Khan in 1964. Although she was declared unsuccessful in the elections but she kindled the torch of democracy in Pakistan.
On July 9, 1967 she died at Karachi and was buried in the courtyard of the Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum, mourned deeply by the Nation.

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