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Begum Zubeida Habib Rahimtoola (née Chinoy)

(1917-2015), Founding member of the All-Pakistan Women's Association; wife of Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola, First High Commissioner for Pakistan

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Born in Mumbai, India, Zubeida Rahimtoola obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elphinstone College. Upon her marriage to Habib Rahimtoola, first High Commissioner for Pakistan in the UK, she immersed herself into social welfare work to support Muslim women in British India and Britain and involved herself with development projects mainly revolving around education after the creation of Pakistan. As a founding member of the All Pakistan Women's Association (APWA) she became the first President of APWA UK whilst living in Britain in 1947 and was simultaneously, the first President of the Jinnah's All-India Muslim League in the UK.

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Maqbool rahimtoola

02 July 2016, 12:40

DAWN newspaper : Born in Mumbai on Aug 12, 1917, Begum Zubeida, the second daughter of Sir Sultan Chinoy, was destined to walk and talk with all the leading political figures of South Asia at the time of independence and partition. Her father-in-law, Sir Ibrahim Rahimtoola, was the first Indian to be appointed President of the Imperial Indian Legislative Assembly in 1930 and also was President of Mr Jinnah’s Muslim League when it met in Pune in 1933. He was a fervent believer in a separate homeland for the Muslims of India, but died in 1942 before his dream could be realised. In 1947, her husband was made Pakistan’s first high commissioner to the Court of St. James in London, the UK. At a very young age, Begum Zubeida started contributing her services along with the leading politicians to achieve independence of India and the immediate creation of Pakistan. Moh­ammed Ali Jinnah, Fatima Jinnah, Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan, Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Sir Winston Churchill, King Hussein of Jordan and Sir Aga Khan III were known to her personally. She was given the award of Sitara-i-Khidmat in 1960. By the govt of Pakistan for social work

Maqbool Rahimtoola

06 July 2015, 18:25

She was born on 12 August 1917 and passed away yesterday July 5 2015 in Karachi. She was married to Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola (FRPS) Pakistan first High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

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