Celebrating 75 Years of Mystery: The Untold Story of Jinnah’s Last Days!

Today, we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the passing of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s founder, affectionately known as the ‘Quaid-e-Azam.’ He was not only an astute lawyer but also an enigmatic personality. Jinnah’s historical achievement in establishing a separate nation for Muslims is etched in the annals of history.

His transformation from being an advocate for Hindu-Muslim unity in 1906 to championing the demand for a separate Muslim state in 1940 remains a subject of enduring debate. Although Jinnah played a pivotal role in the creation of Pakistan, he did not live long enough to witness the nation he had brought into existence.

In his final days in Pakistan, Jinnah grappled with frustration over the Kashmir issue, cross-border violence, and reservations about Pakistan’s Governor-General, Liaquat Ali. Despite battling a chronic lung ailment, Jinnah kept his illness a closely guarded secret, fearing it might hinder Pakistan’s prospects. He continued to smoke until his last breath, harboring an unwavering desire to see a united Pakistan, even as signs of dissent began to emerge.

Here is a six-point overview of the Quaid-e-Azam’s last days:

  1. Lonely and Isolated: By 1947, Jinnah found himself unable to fully savor the independence of Pakistan, the nation he had painstakingly forged. He had become a solitary figure who felt betrayed by British and Indian politicians. The widespread violence on both sides of the border deeply troubled him. His sister, Fatima Jinnah, documented his state in her book, “My Brother,” recounting how even in his moment of triumph, the Quaid-e-Azam was gravely ill and emotionally affected by the reports of atrocities.
  2. Jinnah’s Deteriorating Health: Jinnah’s chronic lung condition had deteriorated significantly by July 1948. He was coughing up blood, prompting doctors to advise a move to a location with cleaner air. Consequently, he was flown to Ziarat, a remote Baluchi hill station situated forty miles from Quetta and at a high altitude.
  3. Worsening Condition in Ziarat: Unfortunately, Jinnah’s condition did not improve in Ziarat. His coughing intensified, accompanied by high fever. Despite his worsening health, he remained adamant about concealing the extent of his illness.
  4. A Shocking Revelation: Lieutenant Colonel Ilahi Baksh of the Indian Medical Services was urgently called to Ziarat. When he first saw Jinnah, he was taken aback by the Quaid’s frail appearance, as he lay in bed, thin and weak with an ashen gray complexion.
  5. Diagnosis of Lung Cancer: Medical specialists were summoned to conduct tests on Jinnah after a clinical analysis. The results were grim; they confirmed that his chronic lung disease had progressed to an incurable stage, specifically, tuberculosis turned into lung cancer.
  6. Jinnah’s Calm Response: When Baksh informed Jinnah of his condition, the Quaid-e-Azam remained remarkably composed. He inquired whether Miss Jinnah had been informed, to which Baksh replied affirmatively. Jinnah’s response was stoic, expressing concern about revealing his condition to a woman.

The final days of the Quaid-e-Azam were marked by physical suffering and emotional turmoil as he grappled with the fate of the nation he had helped create while concealing his own impending mortality.

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