Lahore : Madar-i-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah created awareness about the importance of freedom among the Muslim women of the sub-continent. The daily “Nawa-i-Waqt” and Dr. Majid Nizami supported the Madar-i-Millat during the presidential elections against General Ayub Khan. If she had not been made to lose through rigging elections, Pakistan would not have broken into two parts. She is a perfect role-model for the Pakistani women who should take an active part in the progress and prosperity of their homeland following in the footsteps of the Madar-i-Millat.
These ideas were expressed by the speakers addressing a special ceremony held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunaan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan on the 122nd birth anniversary of the Pakistan Movement veteran and the Quaid-i-Azam’s sister Madar-i-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah. The ceremony was jointly organized by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust.
Those who attended the ceremony included Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice Chairman Professor Dr. Rafique Ahmad, begum Nasira Javed Iqbal, Begum Bushra Rehman, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Professor Dr. Parveen Khan, Begum Amna Ulfat, Professor Dr. M.A. Sufi, Maj-Gen(r) Rahat Latif, Allama Ahmad Ali Kasuri, Samman Aruj, Begum Hamid Rana, Begum Shaista Hussain, Aziz Zafar Azad, Major(r) Siddique Rehan, Shehzad Khan, Nazara-i-Pakistan Trust Secretary Shahid Rashid and a large number of students and people from different walks of life.
Professor Dr. Rafique Ahmad observed that Madar-i-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah played a historical and exemplary role during the Pakistan Movement as well as after the establishment of Pakistan. She raised the awareness of the importance of freedom among the Muslim women of the sub-continent. The year 2003 was celebrated as the Madar-i-Millat year under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Majid Nizami. An award contests on writing books on Madar-i-Millat’s life and services was also held. She was an extremely courageous and sagacious lady. She laid a very simple life. She had a deep political insight. She didn’t let democracy die in the country and confronted General Ayub Khan’s dictatorship. Dr. Rafique Ahmad expressed a firm resolve to continue struggling for the transformation of Pakistan into a modern Islamic, welfare and democratic and take Dr. Majid Nizami’s mission forward.
Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Secretary Shahid Rashid presented a brief biographical sketch of the Madar-i-Millat observing that she was born on July 31, 1893 and breathed her last on July 9, 1967. He remarked that, earlier on, her death anniversary had been celebrated every year. In 1993, however, the centenary celebrations of her birth took place under the leadership of Dr. Majid Nizami. Since then, Mohtarma’s birth anniversary is also celebrated by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust. The year 2003 was celebrated as the Madar-i-Millat year under the leadership of Dr. Majid Nizami and scores of functions, big and small, were held.
Dr. Majid Nizami fully supported Mohtarma during her election campaign against Gen. Ayub Khan. Mohtarma was given the title of “The Madar-i-Millat” by the daily “Nawa-i-Waqt” and Dr. Majid Nizmai. The library in the Aiwan-i-Quaid-i-Azam has been named after the Madar-i-Millat, he said. In the end he expressed the firm resolve of the unique team of the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust to take Dr. Majid Nizami’s noble mission of propagating the ideas of Mohtarma, forward.
The other speakers included Professor Dr. Parveen Khan, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Begum Nasira Javed Iqbal, Begum Bushra Rehman and Begum Amna Ulfat. Allama Ahmad Ali Kasuri held a session of prayer at the end of the ceremony.