Aziz Fatima, Gandhi, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar, granddaughter, Karachi

Aziz Fatima, the baby cradled by Gandhi in this 1931 photo, passes away

Aziz Fatima, the granddaughter of Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar, has passed away in Karachi. She was 88 years old.  

The funeral prayers were offered at her home on Feb 9. She is survived by her children Durriya Kazi, Faiza Kazi, Muna Pathan and Salahuddin Kazi and grandchildren.

Aziz Fatima, Gandhi, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar, granddaughter, Karachi

Aziz Fatima was just six months old and she accompanied her parents and Gandhi to the UK. Gandhi was not well pleased to set his journey for attending the Second Roundtable Conference because of political reasons.

According to reports, Aziz Fatima’s company and the chances Gandhi had to interact with this little girl kept him happy throughout the journey. When the photographers were trying to cover Gandhi during his journey on the ship, they could capture happy moments only when Aziz Fatima was with him.

One of the best essays on her life appeared as a special report in the now defunct Newsline magazine in 2017.

Aziz Fatima, Gandhi, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar, granddaughter, Karachi
Aziz Fatima pictured with her husband a few months after Pakistan’s independence.

Aziz Fatima was born to Maulana Muhammad Ali’s daughter – Gulnar – and to Shoaib Qureshi. Mr Qureshi was a Congress member and the editor of Gandhi’s newspaper Young India and New Era.

After partition, Mr.Shoaib Qureshi became the first Pakistani ambassador to USSR. During their journey to the United Kingdom, photographers often kept asking Mr.Shoaib Qureshi and Mrs Gulnar if they can borrow their daughter to take photos of Gandhi.

Born in Bhopal, India on 23rd of February, 1931, Aziz Fatima later left for Pakistan in 1948 and settled in Karachi. She married Dr Zainulabidin Kamaluddin Kazi (founder of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre) in 1951. Her husband died in 2013.




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