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Pakistanis Slam the ‘Establishment’ for Its Mistreatment of Fatima Jinnah During Her Lifetime

Pakistanis Slam the ‘Establishment’ for Its Mistreatment of Fatima Jinnah During Her Lifetime

Manaal Shuja

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.

But all of this – is it really enough?

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.

According to some excerpts in the book that she wrote, titled ‘My Brother’, Fatima Jinnah claimed that Jinnah had told her his colleagues were coming to visit him on his deathbed not to provide solace but to determine when exactly he would die. 

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:

While all of these are sound allegations, we have to remember that today’s ‘establishment’ is different from that of the 1960s and 70s. An important question though – is today’s doing any better?

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.




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