Fatima Jinnah

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Fatima Jinnah (31 July 1893 – 9 July 1967) was a Pakistani dental surgeon, biographer, stateswoman and one of the leading founders of Pakistan. She was the younger sister of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. After the independence of Pakistan, Jinnah co-founded the Pakistan Women's Association (APWA) which played an integral role in the settlement of the women migrants in the newly formed country. She remained the closest confidant of her brother until his death. She is referred to as Māder-e Millat ("Mother of the Nation") and Khātūn-e Pākistān (Urdu: — "Lady of Pakistan"), many institutions and public spaces have been named in her honour.

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  • Do not be swept away by new slogans and leaders who had a doubtful past. Do not fritter away your time and energy in encouraging or participating in mushroom parties an organizations.
    • 23 March 1948, Address to Zenana Muslim League, at Curzon Hall of Dhaka, quoted in Speeches, Messages and Statements of Mohtarama Fatima Jinnah, p. 1
  • Highest character and integrity must be developed and all personal ambitions must be erased for the common good of the Nation.
    • 1948, Address to All Pakistan Muslim Youth Convention at Karachi, quoted in Speeches, Messages and Statements of Mohtarama Fatima Jinnah, p. 5
  • Woman occupies an exceedingly important place in the world. In view of her capabilities, the nature has assigned vast duties to her. If you failed in them, you will not only harm your individual-self but also severely hurt your collective life.
    • April 1949, Speech at Meeting of the Anjuman Tahaffuz Haquq-e-Nisvan, Lahore, quoted in Speeches, Messages and Statements of Mohtarama Fatima Jinnah, p. 10
  • No nation can ever hope to obtain full intellectual stature or eminence without first releasing, the mental processes, of its people from the yoke of a foreign language as the medium of thought and expression.
    • June 1949, Speech at Inauguration of Urdu Degree College, Karachi, quoted in Speeches, Messages and Statements of Mohtarama Fatima Jinnah, p. 14
  • Great achievements require gigantic efforts, without which our progress sound to be slow.
    • 14 August 1950, Message to the Nation of Pakistan, quoted in Speeches, Messages and Statements of Mohtarama Fatima Jinnah, p. 21
  • Constitution is one of the first essentials on which our future and progress are based.
    • 24 June 1952, Eid ul Fitr Message, quoted in Speeches, Messages and Statements of Mohtarama Fatima Jinnah, p. 46

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