Fatima Jinnah’s birthdays are celebrated every year with a considerable degree of aplomb, on social media forums especially. This year the Nazaria–Pakistan Trust (NPT), chairman of whom is former President Rafiq Tarrar, has once again taken a lead in organizing celebrations. Several other events were planned in order to pay tribute to ‘Mother of the Nation’ Fatima Jinnah.
Some people are using the opportunity of this occasion to highlight just how unfairly they think Fatima Jinnah was treated after the death of the Quaid:
‘Thanks for remembering her sir” – the statement has a distinct underlying sarcasm to it that cannot be ignored. As pointed out in the tweet, the difficulties she faced were often at the hand of the establishment. Fatima Jinnah spent a tumultuous few years after her brother’s death trying to create a place for herself amongst the leadership the Quaid left behind. In fact, she expressed disappointment and even her bitterness towards some of her brother’s closest colleagues, including Liaquat Ali Khan.
The public strongly believes Fatima Jinnah was ‘betrayed’ – the starting point of this was perhaps the elections of 1964 which she fought against General Ayub Khan, and lost, apparently due to rigging carried out by the military. People are in no way holding back about this on Twitter. They are determined to recognize the fact that while the Mother of the Nation is being valued today, the situation was very different while she was alive:
The truth is, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah deserved better. Even her request to be buried beside her brother was, reportedly, on the verge of being denied before it was decided that a refusal would create an uncontrollable public outcry. Ironically, a country that was formed on the ideals of honor and courageous daring rarely seems to emulate these principles; what’s more, it tries to destroy them. And it is an undeniable fact that the establishment often has a hand in manipulating things to its own advantage.
However, Fatima Jinnah was not just a victim. She was strong, brazen, and she made her mark. And we thank her for working for Pakistan.