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            TORONTO:  The loss of a mother is undoubtedly one of the most saddening and greatest irreparable losses. The team of Pak Seniors Forum (PSF) expresses deep condolence and shares the pain and sorrow of the family and near and dear ones of Shahid Hashmi & Seema Hashmi on passing away of Seema’s mother and Shahid Hashmi’s mother-in-law.
            Nafis Fatima, who was on dialysis for the last eight years, breathed her last in the early morning (Fajir prayer time) on November 11, 2013 (7th of Muharram). Even her chronic illness, the terrible pain and suffering as a result could not snatch the amazing spiritual glow on her face, the expression of contentment, satisfaction, love, care, generosity and hospitality.
            Fortunately, I had the chance of meeting her several times and not even once I saw her complaining of illness or in bad mood. She very much loved and respected all, whether family members or their friends. All those who met her could never forget her smiling face and even at the last moment of life she accepted death smilingly.
            She could not bear to see tears in the eyes of those present there.  She tolerated and suppressed her terrible pain and agony of disease and death and kept smiling just not to disturb and hurt her near and dear ones. This shows her good nature, character, strength and greatness.
            Such a composed, strong and graceful lady she was. I rarely saw such ladies as Nafis Fatima and would never forget her and her memorable smile. One of such rare ladies is my own mother, Anisa Khatoon, who too keeps smiling and despite her old age and illness tries to take care of her children as if we are small kids. This is the beauty of Mamta (motherhood).
            Interestingly, both Nafis Fatima and her husband Naimatullah Khan breathed their last at the age of ninety-two (92). While Nafis Fatima passed away on November 11, 2013, her husband           
passed away on November 12, 2007. Both were buried at the Muslim Cemetery in Ajax, Ontario, Canada. They used to live with their son Saeeduzzaman Khan, wife Ghazala and family in Pickering, Ontario, Canada.
            The couple---Nafis Fatima and Naimatullah Khan---had five sons and three daughters including Saeeduzzaman (Second number) and Seema Hashmi (Second last). One son and one daughter are in Pakistan. 
            Shahid Hashmi being a renowned personality and Chairman of Canpak Chamber of Commerce, a large number of distinguished personalities including of community, media and friends were present at the funeral and visited the residences of Saeeduzzaman Khan and Shahid Hashmi to share the sorrow. Shahid Hashmi can be contacted at Cell: (416)876-1667 and Seema Hashmi at Res: (905)832-6985.   
            The Pak Seniors forum (PSF) team including President Syed Muhammad Iqbal feel proud in paying tribute to the great lady and a very loving mother---Nafis Fatima---and request all to pray for the departed soul.
                        JZ’S PROFILE: Javed Zaheer, Free Expression Award Winner, Desi Idol Recognition Award Winner, Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan-Canada Relations (PCR) of Good Governance Forum (GGF), Pakistan, Member/Honorary Director of NEPMCC, Veteran Active Member (VAM) of Toronto Press Club, Ex-Member of The National Club and The Ontario Club, Honorary Editor of English Weekly `Pakistan Abroad’, Canada, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `The Ambassador’, Canada, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `DAWN', Canada, ex-Senior Sub-Editor of English Daily DAWN, Pakistan, Chairman, CANOPI, Director of Children Dignity Foundation (CDF---Canada & Pakistan), Honorary Director Information of Pak Seniors Forum (PSF), Canada, and Director, Canpak, Chamber of Commerce, Canada, is contributing purely on Voluntary and Honorary Basis in order to serve all people and communities. Contact: (416)696-0981/, To read more JZ’s exclusive articles, please visit: www. and (Editorial Sections. Scan years from 2004 to 2011. Visit and

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