‘Pakistani women have no better role model than Ms Jinnah’

Birth anniversary of Madar-e-Millat celebrated

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Eminent expatriate Pakistani intellectual based in the US, Dr Sairah Alvi on Saturday drew attention of the Pakistani women to the shining example of Madr-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah who ‘rightly serves to be a role model for women of Pakistan.’
Delivering a lecture organized by Nukta-e-Nazr, a literary forum of the Nazriya Pakistan Council (NPC) here at Aiwan-e-Quaid, Fatima Jinnah Park, Dr Sairah highlighted Madr-e-Millat’s personality and works and paid Ms Fatima Jinnah rich tributes on the occasion of her 123rd birth anniversary (born: 30 July, 1893). Special adviser to NPC and former federal minister Prof Dr Basharat Jazbi presided over the lecture. Mrs Farrukh Khan President of the PML-Q Women Wing was the chief guest on the occasion.
Dr Saira Alvi said Ms Jinnah served her brother, Founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah with utmost dedication, care and love till the last day of his life. Quaid-i-Azam acknowledged his sister’s role on several occasions calling her a great support for him.
Secondly, Fatima Jinnah oversaw the rehabilitation of refugees and visited the camps of those who had migrated from India to Pakistan during 1947 and afterwards. It was because of her keen attention and supervision, newly arrived Pakistanis were given homes and livelihoods quickly. Thirdly, Fatima Jinnah had firm belief in democracy and participation of masses in election process to constitute a democratic government. This is why, Madr-e-Millat who after the death of her brother had distanced her from active politics but seeing future of democracy was in danger contested presidential election against the dictator of the day. Though she lost but established a noble example for the people of Pakistan in general and womenfolk in particular that come what may, one should never compromise on principles.
Last but not the least, Fatima Jinnah did her best to empower the women of Pakistan, said Dr Sairah Alvi. She proved it by her example that women could participate in every field of life and it is because of Fatima Jinnah’s inspiration and noble example one can safely say, women of those times were more enlightened than those of today. Fatima Jinnah a dentist by profession, was enlightened and ably led the women of All India Muslim League but at the same she upheld the eastern values and lived a simple life. Dr Sairah Alvi also commended the NPC’s literary forum for organizing such thought-provoking lectures. Through these, we can export Pakistan’s soft image which is need of the hour.
Dr Basharat Jazbi was of the view one cannot cover Fatima Jinnah’s contribution in a single lecture. Her life and works are a source of inspiration for all of us, he said. Mrs Farrukh Khan said Pakistan is a gift of God. Those who speak against creation of Pakistan should visit India and see the condition of Muslim women there. Anjum Khaliq, Director Media, NPC said through Nukta-e-Nazr, such programmes are organized to make our youth aware of the history of Pakistan and heroes of Pakistan. The lecture was attended by Ali Akbar Abbas, Wafa Chishti, Shaida Chishti, Dr Fakhra Naureen, Muneera Shamim, Naeem Fatima Alvi, Hameed Alvi, Prof Qaiserah Alvi, Sagheer Malik, Shehla Hassan and Ali Kaswar. At the end a cake was cut to formally celebrate Fatima Jinnah’s 123rd birth anniversary.

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