KARACHI: The 48th death anniversary of Madar-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah was observed on Thursday across the country with great respect and reverence.
Quran Khawani was held at her grave and citizens of Karachi in large number visited and offered Fateha. Several social and cultural organizations held functions paying tributes to Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah for her contributions in the independence of the country.
Fatima Jinnah played a vital role in the creation of Pakistan. Mohammad Ali Jinnah was deeply affected after his wife’s death in 1929. Fatima Jinnah worked side by side with Mohammad Ali Jinnah and gathered the women of sub-continent on one platform which made the struggle for achieving a separate state of Muslims easier. In 1947, Jinnah formed the Women s Relief Committee, which later formed the nucleus for the All Pakistan Women s Association (APWA). She also played a significant role in the settlement of Muhajirs in the new state of Pakistan.
Fatima Jinnah was referred as the Madar-i-Millat or Mother of the Nation for her role in the Freedom Movement. She returned to the political forefront to contest the 1964 elections at the age of 71 against the military administrator, Ayub Khan.
Fatima Jinnah died in Karachi on 9 July 1967. The official cause of death was heart failure, but rumors suggest that she was murdered at her house.
Fatima Jinnah, is still remembered for her passionate support for civil rights, and devoted struggle in Pakistan Movement.