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Muslim Sister - Fatimah Jinnah

Fatimah Jinnah (1893-1967) was the sister of Quid-eAzam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, champion of Muslim people in the struggle to establish Pakistan as an independent state. Fatimah’s brother was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Fatimah went to Calcutta University, where she studied to be a dentist. With support from her brother she set up her own clinic. When her brother’s wife died she lived with him and supported him throughout his life, remaining unmarried herself. She helped Jinnah to organise the All Indian Muslim League, and herself set up the All Pakistani Women’s Association, which did work to help settle refugees coming into Pakistan from different parts of India. In 1964 she was accepted as a candidate for election, representing the political opposition, the Islamic Party.

The political movement which her brother launched was inspired by high ideals of what is right and good. Fatimah said: “The story of this movement is a story of the ideals of equality, fraternity, social and economic justice, struggling against the forces of domination, exploitation and tyranny.”

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