KARACHI: A legend and icon of social mobilization and a crusader for women rights, Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, who was the first governor of Sindh, is being remembered on his death anniversary today (Wednesdy).
Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan was born in a Christian family in Almora, India in 1905. She received a Masters Degree in Economics from Lucknow University and subsequently became Professor of Economics in the Indraprastha College, Delhi.
In December 1933, she converted to Islam and married Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan. Begum Rana devoted herself to the task of creating political consciousness amongst the Muslim women of the sub-continent.
In 1949, she arranged a conference of over 100 active women from all over Pakistan. The conference announced the formation of a voluntary and non-political organization for the social, educational and cultural uplift of the women, named as All Pakistan Women's Association (APWA). She was nominated as its first President.
She was appointed the Pakistani ambassador to Netherlands in 1954 and also served in a similar capacity later in Italy and Tunisia.
In 1973, she was appointed Governor of Sind, the first woman to hold that position in Pakistan’s history. She has been conferred the Nishan-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.
Rana Liaquat Ali Khan died on June 13, 1990 at Karachi. SAMAA