Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah a symbol of dignity and integrity. Jinnah served as the leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan's independence on 14 August 1947, and then as Pakistan's first Governor-General until his death.
After the partition of India, Jinnah became the Governor General of Pakistan. As a mark of respect, Pakistanis call him Quaid-e-Azam. Quaid-e-Azam is a phrase which, in the Urdu language, means "the great leader". People also called him Baba-I-Quam, another phrase in the Urdu language which means "the father of the nation".
On the 144th birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, here is some interesting facts about father of the Nation.
Before he was Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Quaid was known as Mahomedali Jinnahbhai. He, however, dropped the word “Bhai” from his name in 1894. He also changed his spelling when he went to England for higher studies.
The Founder of Pakistan was an excellent lawyer with a charismatic personality. Jinnah, at one point in time, seriously considered quitting barristership for acting. He even embarked on a stage career with a Shakespearian company in London, but that was short lived.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in 1896, became the youngest Indian to pass law examination in England. At a remarkable age of 20 Jinnah was the only Muslim Barrister in the city of Bombay. He would later go on to become of the most successful lawyers of his time and the rest his history.
Ankara, the capital of Turkey, has a street named after him. Cinnah Caddesi is one of the longest streets of Ankara. “Jinnah” is spelled “Cinnah” in the Turkish language.
Jinnah was a classy gentleman and he never wore the same tie twice. Even on his deathbed he insisted to be formally dressed saying: “I will not travel in my pajamas.”
One of the most prolific and controversial writers of British India, Saadat Hasan Manto wrote in his book, Jinnah Sahib: “As in billiards, he would examine the situation from every angle and only move when he was sure he would get it right the first time.”
Jinnah was one of the most expensive and most sought after lawyers of his time, earning around Rs1,500 per case. The Founder of Pakistan, however, fixed his salary at Rs1 per month as the Governor General of Pakistan. The reason being, he didn’t want to indebt the nascent state with financial burden.
As the first Governor-General of Pakistan, Jinnah worked to establish the new nation's government and policies, and to aid the millions of Muslim migrants who had emigrated from the new nation of India to Pakistan after independence, personally supervising the establishment of refugee camps. Jinnah died at age 71 in September 1948, just over a year after Pakistan gained independence from the United Kingdom. He left a deep and respected legacy in Pakistan. Innumerable streets, roads and localities in the world are named after Jinnah. Several universities and public buildings in Pakistan bear Jinnah's name. According to his biographer, Stanley Wolpert, Jinnah remains Pakistan's greatest leader.
Kashmir today is an unfortunate living example of how #JinnahWasRight . Minorities have no place in Modi’s India. The state of Sikhs, Muslims & many other groups proves it each day.