Death anniversary of Madir-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah

KARACHI: Also known as Madr-e-Millat, mother of the nation, Fatima Jinnah was born in 1893. Due to her brother’s keen interest, and despite strident family opposition, Miss Fatima received excellent early education. She joined the Bandra Convent in 1902, SAMAA reported.

In 1919 she got admitted to the highly competitive University of Calcutta where she attended the Dr. Ahmad Dental College. After she qualified, Jinnah went along with her idea of opening a dental clinic in Bombay and helped her set it up in 1923.

Miss Fatima Jinnah initially lived with her brother for about eight years until 1918, when he got married to Rutanbai.

Upon Rutanbai’s death in February 1929, Miss Jinnah wound up her clinic, moved into Jinnah’s bungalow, and took charge of his house; thus beginning the life-long companionship that lasted till Jinnah’s death on September 11, 1948.

Fatima Jinnah died in Karachi on July 8, 1967. The official cause of death was heart failure, but rumors persist that she was murdered by the same group who killed Liaquat Ali Khan. SAMAA

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