‘Fatima loved democracy’
LAHORE: Former Chief Justice of Federal Shariat Court Mian Mahboob Ahmed, speaking at a ceremony held at Nazria Pakistan Foundation on Wednesday, said that Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah struggled to uphold the law and constitution, promote democracy and fought for the rights of women and the down trodden.
He said the Madar-e-Millat (Mother of the Nation) never harboured ambitions of being in power and, like her brother, always struggled for the rights of the people. After the death of the Quaid-e-Azam, she could have easily assumed the seat of power had she wanted because of the great respect she commanded at the time from the public, he observed.
He said she was a true democrat at heart and deeply pleased when Sikandar Mirza was exiled because she saw him as a threat to democracy and a destroyer of all national institutions. He said she ran against President Ayub Khan in the 1964 elections on the request of the opposition to protect and promote democracy. He said the best way to pay homage to Madar-e-Millat is struggle for the rule of law and welfare of the common man.