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Home Pakistan and Ahmadis An Ahmadi Lady Journalist and Her Role Behind Burqa
An Ahmadi Lady Journalist and Her Role Behind Burqa

An Ahmadi lady journalist, Begum Shafi Ahmad, Editor Dastkari weekly was fully involved in political movement that emerged into creation of two states - India and Pakistan. She had an equal access to Indian Prime Minister Mr Nehru and the founder of the Pakistan M. A. Jinnah. At a news conference in Delhi called by Quaid e Azam to meet Muslim Journalists, she had the rare honour to sharing the sofa with Quaid e Azam.

During the height of civil disturbances in India during September 1947, she rushed to the residence of Mr Nehru in New Delhi to convey the message of the Hadhrat Mirza Bashir ud Din Mahmud Ahmad that Qadian was in midst of turmoil. Clad in green Burqa, she was stopped by the security at Nehru's residence, who luckily passing through saw her and was immediately allowed. Begum Shafi Ahmad conveyed the message of her master. Whereupon Mr Nehru said that he was taking every step and assured there was peace in Qadian, when this information was conveyed to Hadhrat Sahib retorted, “If Mr Nehru calls this as peace, let there be such peace in Delhi”.

The next day Delhi saw one of the worst violences and thousands of Muslims lost their lives.

Begum Shafi left for Pakistan on October 17, 1947, when she found she can no longer operate in Delhi. She came back to Delhi as a member of Pakistan Journalists delegation sent to India as a part of Goodwill Mission in 1951.

For her role in Pakistan, please see a book on her “Aman ki Azmatoon Ko salam” by Mrs Naseem Saeed.

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