Rich tributes paid to Madr-e-Millat on her 128th birth anniversary

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After Quaid-i-Azam, Fatima Jinnah led people to accomplish goals for which Pakistan was created

Zubair Qureshi

Madr-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah not only stood by her brother and Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his epic struggle for Pakistan but even after his death, she led the people to accomplish the goals for which the country was created by her brother.

These views were expressed by the panelists at a ceremony organized by the Nazriya Pakistan Council (NPC) to pay rich tributes to Fatima Jinnah on the eve of her 128th birth anniversary (b: July 31, 1893) held at Aiwan-e-Quaid on Friday.

Chairman of the NPC, Mian Muhammad Javed presided over the ceremony that was titled ‘Living Nations Never Forget Their Heroes’ while Member National Assembly, Mrs Farrukh Khan, and Hakim Syed Mehmood Ahmed Saharanpuri were the guests of honour on the occasion.

Mian Javed while paying rich tributes to Fatima Jinnah said it went to her credit that she generated awareness among the women of the sub-continent regarding their political rights and her resistance against the ruler of the day earned her deep respect and recognition.

Mian Muhammad Javed said she stepped into politics at a time when the country was drifting away from the vision and political ideology of the Quaid-i-Azam and despite her age she entered the political arena with full devotion and dedication.

Today, in Pakistan if we see democracy and democratic values flourishing, this is all because of the struggle of Fatima Jinnah for democracy, he said.

Fatima Jinnah sacrificed her married life for the sake of the country and to support her brother, said Mian Muhammad Javed adding unfortunately, the country didn’t truly recognize her contributions and denied her what she deserved.

MNA Mrs Farrukh Khan also spoke on the occasion and complimented to Fatima Jinnah for her great role in the making of Pakistan.

Founder of Pakistan and his colleagues recognized women’s role in struggle for Pakistan and Fatima Jinnah’s contribution in that struggle was above all her female colleagues, she said.

In her addresses and public speeches, we find reflection of Quaid’s historic addresses and listening to both of them make you realize they always spoke truth, said Mrs Farrukh Khan.

Hakim Syed Mehmood Ahmed Saharanpuri in his article on Madr-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah highlighted her services and great political role before and after establishment of Pakistan

Prof Shahid Mehmood Qasmi in his article “Fatima Jinnah, True Custodian of Quaid’s Political Struggle” discussed various phases of her life: from supporting her brother to attending to him during last days of illness.

Afshan Abbasi, Wafa Chishti, Rukhsana Sehar and Anjum Khaliq paid poetic tribute to Fatima Jinnah in the poetry recital that followed the ceremony.

Poetess from Balochistan Jahan Ara Tabasum was specially invited to present her kalam in praise of Fatima Jinnah.

Media Director of the NPC and well-known poet Anjum Khaliq conducted the programme and gave an overview of Fatima Jinnah’s life and works in the beginning of the ceremony.

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