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Fatima Jinnah was a biographer with the qualification of a dental surgeon that she received from the University of Calcutta in 1923. Fatima is well known as being Madar-e-Millat (Mother of the Nation) and Khatun-e-Pakistan (The Lady of Pakistan). She was an advocate for the two-nation theory and was a major support for her brother Muhammad Ali Jinnah who led the All-India Muslim League and was the first Governor General of Pakistan when it was founded in 1947.
Fatima Jinnah was born on the 31st of July and was the youngest in a family that had 7 children. After the passing of her father, Jinnahbhai Poonja, her brother Muhammad Ali JInnah became her guardian and she devoted a major part of her time to supporting her brother. She was always with Jinnah in every public address he did and became his personal advisor and support. From the words of Quaid, she’s said to be a relief to his anxiety and worries;
“My sister was like a bright ray of light and hope whenever I came back home and met her. Anxieties would have been much greater and my health much worse, but for the restraint imposed by her".
Her political work makes her stand out as she was the one who founded the Women’s Relief Committee which later turned into the All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA). She came back to politics in the 1960’s as an opponent to Ayub Khan but narrowly lost in the elections.
On the anniversary of her birthday, the 31st of July, the patriotic youth of the nation celebrated the work of Madar-e-Millat and went to twitter to give their tributes and show their appreciation for one of the most iconic and loved figures of Pakistan.
Birth anniversary of Madar-e-Millat #FatimaJinnah is observed today across the country with great respect and reverence. She worked side by side with #QuaideAzam & gathered women of sub-continent which exalted the Freedom Movement of #Pakistan. 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/dBtC9XeuoY— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) July 31, 2018
Happy Birthday to the Iron Lady who is an inspiration to every woman who makes a decession to break free from the shackles of stereotypes and stand up for what is right!🇵🇰💫 #FatimaJinnah pic.twitter.com/iFBwOZbovo— Kiran Raza (@kiranraza_01) July 31, 2018
Birth Anniversary of Madar-i-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah is being observed today. #FatimaJinnah is still remembered for her passionate support for civil rights and devoted struggle in #Pakistan Movement. #WomenofHistory 🇵🇰@gop_info @PTVNewsOfficial @WorldPTV pic.twitter.com/n93QSBb3TL— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) July 31, 2018