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Friday April 12, 2024

President seeks Swiss documents on Quaid’s brother

He requested Switzerland to gift this historical document collection to the National Archives of Pakistan

By Asim Yasin
February 14, 2024
President Dr Arif Alvi talks to the  Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas  on Nov 10, 2023. — PID
President Dr Arif Alvi talks to the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Nov 10, 2023. — PID

ISLAMABAD: In a letter to the president of the Swiss Confederation, President Dr Arif Alvi has sought his assistance in providing copies of archival documents about the life of Ahmad Ali Jinnah (the brother of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah) to Pakistan.

The documents are currently in possession of Zurich’s City Archives and are a compilation of photographs, history and details of the life of Ahmad Ali Jinnah and are related to the late Fatima Goepfert Jinnah, niece of the founder of Pakistan.

The president stated that given the status and importance of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, having access to these documents was a matter of national value and interest for the Pakistani people. He conveyed that First Lady Samina Alvi had visited Zurich Archives in January 2024 and after reading most of the documents had taken a personal interest in the matter. He requested Switzerland to gift this historical document collection to the National Archives of Pakistan.