Pakistan observes 70th death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam

08:49 AM | 11 Sep, 2018
Pakistan observes 70th death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam
KARACHI - The 70th death anniversary of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is being observed today with due solemnity across the country.

Quran Khawani and Fateha will be held at the Quaid’s Mazar while people of various walks of life will visit the mausoleum to lay floral wreaths and offer Fateha.

Besides political personalities, representatives of the three services will lay wreaths at the mausoleum on behalf of their respective chiefs.

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Pakistani media will broadcast special programs to pay homage to the Father of the Nation.

Quaid's Struggle For Separate Muslim State Despite Illness

The role of Quaid-e-Azam for creating a separate country for the oppressed Muslim minority in Sub-continent cannot be denied at any level. A stunning fact of his life was his continuous struggle despite suffering from tuberculosis.

From the 1930s, Jinnah suffered from tuberculosis; only his sister and a few others close to him were aware of his condition.

Jinnah believed public knowledge of his lung ailments would hurt him politically and also benefit the enemies as it was confessed by Mountbatten, many years later, stating that if he had known Jinnah was so physically ill, he would have stalled, hoping Jinnah's death would avert partition.

Fatima Jinnah later wrote, "even in his hour of triumph, the Quaid-e-Azam was gravely ill ... He worked in a frenzy to consolidate Pakistan. And, of course, he totally neglected his health ..."

The founder of the nation died at 10:20 pm in Karachi on 11 September 1948 at the age of 71, just over a year after Pakistan's creation.