Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah

At her house near Palace Cinema/Metropole Hotel:


Raju Jamil


I remember I use to walk by on footpath adjacent to what we now call Flagstaff House where this fountain is intact.One can still walk on that footpath.

I remember one evening when I was walking from Chinese Embassy side getting off the tram.. I passed by FS house where I saw Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah sitting by the side of this fountain. I waved at her and she waved back then I shouted Quaid e Azam Zindabad and proceeded to walk towards Metropole and Palace Cinema side when by the entrance gate a tall man stopped me and said “Madar e Millat Aap Ko Bula Rahee Hein..” All excited I went in where one of her labrador whizzed around me that I literally ran. She called the dog and waved at me to come. I stood before her and said “Adaab” on which she looked perpelexed yet responded saying how do you do? I responded. Then she called me nearer and said what did you shout from behind that fenced half boundary wall. I said Quaid e Azam Zindabad. She looked at me scornfully and said.. young boy you should shout Pakistan Zindabad. Now go..and smiled.
That episode played a huge impact on my life going forward. In 1963 I was 14 of age.
Alas…the era without selfies that one can only renember and jot down such memory leaving it for the reader to believe it or not.

About Amin H. Karim MD

Graduate of Dow Medical College Class of 1977.
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