Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah: Our Beloved Māder-e Millat
We just celebrated Fatima Jinnah’s death anniversary on 9th July, she died of a heart failure. She is buried next to her brother, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, in Mizar-e-Quaid.
Fatima Jinnah was the co-founder of Pakistan’s Women Association, which played a dynamic role in settlement of Women migrants in the country. She was always a support system of her brother. Fatima Jinnah also wrote a book called My Brother, which was published 32 years later. She told many untold truths about the struggle Jinnah went through to get Pakistan. Fatima Jinnah was also accused of anti-nationalist material being included in her book. There were so many pages exempted from her manuscript.
Fatima Jinnah was a dentist by profession, but she never pursued it. Because she felt she had some duties towards her brother. After her degree she became a legal adviser to her brother, Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
The U.S. magazine, Time, while reporting on the 1965 election campaign, wrote that Jinnah faced attacks on her modesty and patriotism by Ayub Khan and his allies. She became the prominent face of Pakistan. Therefore, she was referred as Madar-e-Millat and Khatun-e-Pakistan.
Paying tribute to his sister, Muhammad Ali Jinnah once said, “My sister was like a bright ray of light and hope whenever I came back home and met her. Anxieties would have been much greater and my health much worse, but for the restraint imposed by her”.
Jinnah was so proud of his sister, who stood by him through out Pakistan Movement. She was his support system, and our representative in the world after Jinnah.
Fatima Jinnah died of a heart failure on 9th July 1967 in Karachi. There is a controversy that she may be murdered by the same group that murdered Quaid-e-Azam, Liaqat Ali Khan. She is buried right next to her brother in Mizar-e-Quaid, Karachi.
Written by: Aruj Fatima