LAHORE - Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice Chairman Prof Rafique Ahmad Wednesday said just like her brother Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Madar-i-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah also used to retort in the same language.
Speaking at a special sitting to mark 47th death anniversary of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, Dr Ahmad said when Gen Ayub Khan remarked during the election campaign that she was just a woman with no knowledge of politics. Fatima Jinnah lashed back observing that she had learnt politics from her brother whom people termed as “The Greatest Leader” and that it was he (the general) who had no political background.
Earlier, Quran Khwani was held for Mohtarma’s soul. Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh led a session of prayers. The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust arranged all this in collaboration with the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust at the Aiwan-i-Karkunaan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan.
Those who spoke on the occasion included Begum Surayya Khurshid, Begum Bushra Rehman, Begum Mehnaz Rafi and Rana Muhammad Arshad. Tehzib Afzal, a Nazariati Summer School student also delivered a speech. Col (r) Jamshed Ahmed Tareen and Dr MA Soofi were also present in addition to a large number of students and teachers. Begum Surrayya Khurshid observed that she has had the honour of spending a lot of time with the great brother and sister. Both were paragons of sincerity, love and exquisite sensibilities. Begum Bushra Rehman said that Fatima Jinnah was the champion of democracy. She eventually laid down her life for the sake of democracy. She denied herself the comforts of conjugal life for the sake of her great brother. She was very much a saint-like lady, observed the speaker.
Begum Mehnaz Rafi observed that Quaid-i-Azam remarked that Fatima was the only ray of hope at a time when there was danger to his life. She was always there to comfort and solace him. She acted as mother to the whole nation, which earned her the title “The Madar-i-Millat”.