LAHORE - A symbol of courage just like her brother Quaid-e-Azam, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah made an indispensable contribution to the emergence of Pakistan on the map of the world.

Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Rafique Tarar said this while presiding over a ceremony held to observe the 124th birth anniversary of Mohtara Fatima Jinnah.

Education minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad was the chief guest while NPT Vice-chairman Prof. Dr. Rafique Ahmad, Pak Sarzameen Party Secretary General Raza Haroon, Asif Mammon, Mubeen-ud-Din Qazi, Tanveer Ch, Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh, Muhammad Shafiq Raza Qadri, Muhammad Farooq Khan Azad, Shahzad Khan, Afzal Hussain, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Prof. Dr. Parveen Khan, Safia Ishaq, Columnist Qayyum Nizami, Khalida Jamil, Begum Hamid Rana, Shamsa Ali, Saeeda Qazi, Kanwal Naseem and people of different field of life attended. NPT Secretary Shahid Rasheed conducted the proceedings. The ceremony marks the commencement of the “Independence Day” celebrations being performed at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan jointly organized by the NPT and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust. The celebrations will continue for two weeks.

Paying tribute to Mother of Nation, Rafique Tarar said Fatima Jinnah, for 19 years before the establishment of Pakistan assiduously looked after her consumptive brother, helping to sustain his life, so that he could perform the miracle of Pakistan, and for 19 years after the Quaid-i-Azam’s demise, she continued propagating his thoughts and reflections amongst the Pakistani people, providing them with guidance and encouragement and earning their utmost reverence and veneration in the process.

He said that it was late Dr Majid Nizami who proposed the title “The Madar-i-Millat” for Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah. The performance of the celebrations on her birthday and death anniversary was also initiated on the instructions of The Nation former Editor-in-Chief late Dr Majid Nizami.