Legend Begum Rana Liaqat Ali Khan (1905-1990)

(WASHMA KHAN, MOSCOW)

An icon of social mobilization, Begum Rana Liaqat Ali Khan’s services in promoting women’s emancipation and empowerment will long be remembered. A dedicated and self-less soul, she rose to prominence in 1942, when under the threat of immanent Japanese attack on Indian Sub-Continent, the Quaid-e-Azam instructed her to organise women for Civil Defence and she organised a small voluntary nursing corps. The Quaid advised her:

"Be prepared to train the women. Islam doesn't want women to be shut up and never see fresh air.”

Her course for the rest of her life was thus set. In 1947, with independence came the pains and horrors of sectarian riots and mass migrations. In such challenging times, Begum Khan formed women’s voluntary groups to serve the humanity in distress, lurking in the refugee camps. In 1949, under her own initiative, she formed “Women National Guards” and “Pakistan Women Naval Reserve” and was appointed as the Chief Controller of both with the rank of a Brigadier. The same year, Begum Rana called the first-ever Conference of women leaders and activists from all walks of life and announced the formation of “All Pakistan Women’s Association – APWA”. A voluntary and non-political organisation, APWA has rendered tremendous contributions in the social, educational and cultural uplift of women in Pakistan. Begum Rana remained APWA’s lifetime President. An ardent supporter of women’s education, she patronised the opening of Home Economics Colleges in Karachi and Dhakka. She also encouraged women’s entrepreneurship by organising Industrial Homes in the country. The formation of Pakistan’s first “Professional and Business Women Club” also owes its existence to the efforts of Begum Rana.

Her meritorious services earned her the coveted “Human Rights Prize” by the US --- the first Muslim woman to receive this honour.

While she also served the nation as its Ambassador to the Netherlands and Italy, she’s also the first and the only woman to have served as a Governor of a Province, when she was appointed as Governor Sindh in 1974.

It is thus no wonder that even two decades after her death, she continues to be seen as a symbol of selfless service to the cause of humanity and uplift of women.

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Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan formed women’s voluntary groups to serve the humanity in distress, lurking in the refugee camps. To boost the momentum of the Muslim ladies her role was also important.
By: badar, khi on Apr, 10 2018
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In such challenging times, Begum Khan formed women’s voluntary groups to serve the humanity in distress, lurking in the refugee camps.
By: Kiran, Lahore on Feb, 22 2018
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Like their husband Begum Rana was also a social worker and leader as she called the first-ever Conference of women leaders and activists from all walks of life and announced the formation of APWA (All Pakistan Women’s Association).
By: Daniyal, Lahore on Feb, 12 2018
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It is very hard to be a wife of such person who is indulge in social work or their countries reforms but Beham Rana Liaquat Ali Khan did it well.
By: Kamran, Lahore on Feb, 01 2018
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Begum Rana changed the outlook of Muslim women. She gave new hope and anticipation to feeble women of Pakistan. Her unparalleled services will always be admired.
By: Ayesha, isl on Jan, 14 2018
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Begum Rana Liaqat, the woman behind the success of our first prime minister and her amazing sons. She led them to the path of greatness. A role model for women on every ground.
By: Sarim, lahore on Jan, 12 2018
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Begum Rana spread awareness about freedom among the Muslim women in sub-continent. She made them realize that freedom isn’t just men’s job to earn, women are equally responsible.
By: sara, Rawalpindi on Jan, 10 2018
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Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan was the first lady, after the establishment of Pakistan her role was very supportive and motivating for the Pakistanis. In every movement she was with Liaquat Ali Khan.
By: arif, khi on Dec, 26 2017
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The first lady 'Begum Rana Liaqut Ali Khan' did many inspirational speeches in universities and other institutions after the creation of Pakistan. As a wife of Prime Minister of Pakistan she did her role very sincerely.
By: sabir, khi on Dec, 20 2017
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As a Governor of Sindh, the role of Begum Rana Liaquat was great. She organized various movements to be united for the women, as a social worker she also served her best.
By: rameen, khi on Dec, 10 2017
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The time when the Muslims of the subcontinent fought for the separate nation where they can live as a Muslim, the role of Begum Rana Liaquat to give the motivational step for the Muslim women was great, she leads the women in every movement.
By: asra, khi on Dec, 04 2017
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Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan is the wife of first Prime Minister of Pakistan. She played a vital role in the struggle for Pakistan. Pakistanis can never forget the sacrifice and services she gave for freedom.
By: Enaya, Kohat on Sep, 27 2017
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Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan has played a vital role in the creation of Pakistan. She has been the driving force behind Khan Liaquat Ali Khan, and supported her husband on every platform.
By: Parveen, Lahore on Sep, 26 2017
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