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Lady Hidayatullah

Lady Hidayatullah

Real name of Lady Ghulam Hussain Hidayatulla was Sugrah Begum. She born in a feudal family of Shikarpur in 1904. Begum Sughra got the liberal education of religion, Sindhi, Urdu and elementary English. She grew up in a strict purdah as other women of her family used to observe pardah as well. In 1919, she was just 15 years old when she got married to prominent political leader of Sindh named Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatulla.

Lady Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah always helped her husband in his social and political activities, as he was a very active member of All India Muslim League. Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah worked twice as Chief Minister of Sindh in separate terms. She herself was a very active member of All India Muslim League and she started her political career in 1938. In the same year she entered in the Women’s Central Subcommittee and she worked really hard there that the branches of provincial Subcommittee were spread in the other districts of Sindh like Hyderabad, Dadu and Nawabshah. In December 1943, she became the elected president of the Women’s Reception Committee. This occasion was held in Karachi and was the annual session of All India Muslim League.

She played an important part in the partition of Indo-Pak and remained very active and aware of all the political activities. Though she was from Sindh but in February 1947, she came to Lahore to take part in the political procession. This procession was held because All India Muslim League wanted Government to accept their demands. At the end of February 1947, she led a successful procession that marched towards the Civil Secretariat, Lahore. After reaching the secretariat on the same day, she raised the flag of All India Muslim League at the secretariat building. She was a courageous and a brave lady who always led the people in the right direction.

She was a very loyal and close companion of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah who was a sister of founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah and she played an equal part with his brother in the foundation of Pakistan. Lady Hidayatullah not played her part just before the separation of Pakistan but played an equally important role after the separation. She actively worked with the refugees, managed, and looked after them in the refugees’ camp to relieve their sufferings. To help refugees a committee Women’s Refugee Relieve Committee was established and her services there were remarkable.

Lady Hidayatullah with family

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