Considered one of the most influential Muslim political figures to have walked the face of Earth, Mohammad Ali Jinnah gave us the land that we exploit and abuse these days. He served as the first Governor General of the country, but tuberculosis ultimately took his life, in which he managed to, against all odds, liberate the oppressed Muslims of India. Here are some pictures of the Quaid’s last years that will make you relive the history books.
School girls get a treat with the Founder
Billiards was a game synonymous with the Lords of England at the time. The Quaid can be seen puffing his favorite cigar and lining up a color.
Mr Jinnah talking to Louis Fischer of Time magazine in 1945. Jinnah does not seem to be happy with the correspondent in this very candid shot.
Being a political spearhead for the Muslims of India, Jinnah was on good terms with all political leaders of British India. Here, he is seen sharing a laugh with Lord and Lady Mountbatten.
The Gandhi-Jinnah talks in 1944 laid the foundations of Indian independence three years later. Here, the two leaders pose for a photograph after a successful dialogue.
In truth, Jinnah did not enjoy a successful family life. Then again, men with such ambitious aspirations rarely ever do. He did however adore his beloved friend and sister, Fatima.
The Cabinet Mission served as the final piece of jigsaw in the making of Pakistan in 1946, where the Quaid not only told the British to leave, but to “divide and leave”.
Few can ever doubt the grace and personality of the Quaid. His suede shoes, inch-perfect three piece, and magnificent poise, he’d give any hot-shot of this day a run for his money.
After years of struggle and sacrifice, the Quaid finally realized his dream of giving the Muslims of India their own homeland. Here, he is seen receiving a guard of honor in Peshawar.
Jinnah was the leader of the first formal political party of Pakistan- The Muslim League. Here, he can be seen seated with numerous leaders of the party, many of whom went on to hold key positions in the country’s first government.
After millions killed, tortured and rendered homeless, Eid soon after independence was a welcome present for the people of newly formed Pakistan. Jinnah offers his first Eid prayers on home soil.
Quaid’s battle with Tuberculosis was to prove to be a toll too much in 1948, as Jinnah neared the end of his life. He was laid to rest in Karachi, the place of his birth.