ISLAMABAD: The 130th birth anniversary of Mader-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, the sister of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was celebrated by nation on Monday.
Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif also paid tribute to Madr-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatma Jinnah on her 130th birthday being celebrated today.
The prime minister said she faced the dictatorship and played a historic role for the people, democracy and the motherland.
The prime minister said that Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah was like a mother the Pakistani nation and was a great benefactor.
She was a great sister of a great brother Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a press release of PM Office Media Wing, in Urdu language, quoted the prime minister as saying.
Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah was a source of encouragement and courage to the Founder of Nation, he added.
The prime minister further observed that she also played matchless role during the Pakistan Movement and the for the country and offered sacrifices, adding her personality has been a beacon of light for today’s girls and women.
“The nation will always remain indebted to her and will pay tribute for her contributions,” he added.
Madr-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, sister of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was remembered for the selfless, courageous and vital role she had played in the creation of Pakistan.
Born on July 31, 1893 in Karachi, Miss Fatima Jinnah obtained a dental degree from Dr. Ahmed Dental College and Hospital, the University of Calcutta in 1923 and practiced as a dental doctor in Bombay (now Mumbai).
Later, she left the profession and worked side by side with her brother, and gathered the women of sub-continent on one platform which made the struggle for achieving a separate state for Muslims easier.
In 1947, Fatima 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 is referred to as the Madr-e-Millat (Mother of the Nation) for her role in the Freedom Movement. In the late 1964, she came again in the political field to struggle for restoration of democracy in the country.
Two years later, she passed away at the age of 73 years on July 9, 1967.
Fatima Jinnah is still remembered for her passionate support for civil rights and devoted struggle in Pakistan Movement.