Fatima Jinnah

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Mother of the Nation
Fatima Jinnah
فاطمہ جناح
Leader of the Opposition
In office
1 January 1960 – 9 July 1967
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byNurul Amin
Personal details
BornFatima Ali Jinnah
(1893-07-30)30 July 1893
Karachi, British India
(now Pakistan)
Died9 July 1967(1967-07-09) (aged 73)
Karachi, Pakistan
CitizenshipPakistani
NationalityPakistani
Political partyAll-India Muslim League (Before 1947)
Muslim League (1947–1958)
Independent (1960–1967)
RelationsMuhammad Ali Jinnah (brother)
Shireen Jinnah
Alma materCalcutta University
(D.D.S)
OccupationDental surgeon
ReligionIslam

Fatima Jinnah (30 July 1893 – 9 July 1967) was a Pakistani dental surgeon, writer, stateswoman and one of the founders of Pakistan.[1] She was the younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah who became the first Governor General of Pakistan. 

She was a strong critic of the British Raj, and a leading member of the All-India Muslim League. She advocated the separation of Pakistan as an independent state when the Raj ended.

After the independence of Pakistan, Jinnah co-founded the All Pakistan Women's Association, which helped settle the migrants in the new country. After the death of her brother, she was a prominent philanthropist,[1] but was not politically active until 1965. Then she took part in the Pakistani presidential election against the military Dictator Ayub Khan. She lost the primary because of election rigging by the Pakistan Army.[2]

Her legacy is her support for civil rights, her struggle in Pakistan Movement and her devotion to her brother. Many institutions and public spaces have been named in her honour.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bokhari, Afshan (2008). The Oxford encyclopedia of women in world history (V 1 ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 653. ISBN 978-0-19-514890-9.
  2. "In brief By Ali Iqbal". Dawn Weekly. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  3. "Death anniversary of Fatima Jinnah tomorrow". Pak Observer. Retrieved 12 February 2012.