Quaid-i-Azam’s daughter Dina Wadia passes away at 98 in New York

Published: November 2, 2017
Dina Wadia. PHOTO:FILE

Dina Wadia. PHOTO:FILE

Dina Wadia, the only daughter of Pakistan’s founder Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, passed away at her home in New York on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Wadia Group said in a statement. She was 98.

Dina Wadia is survived by her son and Wadia Group Chairman Nusli N Wadia, daughter Diana N Wadia, and grandsons Ness and Jeh Wadia, said the statement issued in Mumbai.

The Wadia Group, one of the oldest conglomerates of India, was founded by Sir Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia in 1736.

Dina Wadia was born on the night between August 14 and 15 in 1919.

“She made a dramatic entry into the world, announcing her arrival when her parents were enjoying a movie at a local theatre in London.

“Oddly enough, precisely 28 years to the day and hour before the birth of Jinnah’s other offspring, Pakistan,” acclaimed historian Stanely Wolpert wrote in his book Jinnah of Pakistan.

After marrying a Parsi businessman, Wadia stayed in India before moving to the United States. She visited Pakistan upon the death of Jinnah, followed by another trip in 2004, during the Pervez Musharraf regime.

“This has been very sad and wonderful for me. May his [Jinnah’s] dream for Pakistan come true,” she had written in the visitor’s book at the Quaid-i-Azam mausoleum in Karachi.

According to a statement by the foreign office spokesperson, the President and prime minister of Pakistan have expressed their deepest condolences  on the passing away of Dina Wadia to her family.

The spokesperson also conveyed words of compassion and prayer on behalf of the Pakistani nation to Wadia’s son, saying that Wadia was greatly respected and admired in the country.

Messages of condolence poured in immediately after the news of Wadia’s demise broke. Politicians and activists took to the microblogging site Twitter to offer their respect.


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Reader Comments (20)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Nov 2, 2017 - 8:23PM

    she looks like her pa a lot . RIP madam.Recommend

  • Jawad Zafar
    Nov 2, 2017 - 8:39PM

    May her soul rest in peace. May Almighty be Pleased with her. AameenRecommend

  • MS
    Nov 2, 2017 - 8:40PM

    Mr. Jinnah’s family had good genes to live long lives. He could have also lived long but when he watched future rulers of Pakistan and their thuggery, he decided to go away. Recommend

  • Ali
    Nov 2, 2017 - 8:45PM

    R.I.P quaids daughter.Recommend

  • ab
    Nov 2, 2017 - 9:20PM

    Saddened to hear of the passing away of Dina Wadia the daughter of the father of the nation.
    What a coincidence she was born between the night of August 14/15 1919.May her soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • anwar basit
    Nov 2, 2017 - 9:25PM

    RIP. Unfortunately your father’s dream and what he envisaged for Pakistan has been ripped asunder by all manner of characters from one decade to the other. The question now is not whether this ship will get back on course but whether it can simply stay afloat. RIP.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Nov 2, 2017 - 10:41PM

    Jinnah’s two offspring had lifelong sibling issues.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 2, 2017 - 11:06PM

    This is sad :( Recommend

  • Sohail Osman Ali
    Nov 3, 2017 - 12:01AM

    May her soul rest in eternal peace and may Quaid’s grand-children one day visit PakistanRecommend

  • Syed Imdad Hussain
    Nov 3, 2017 - 2:24AM

    Marriage separated father and daughter. Death united them in the heavens.RIP DinaRecommend

  • Iqbal
    Nov 3, 2017 - 4:32AM

    Sad thing is that she never approved her father’s desire of creating Pakistan. With hindsight she was right.

  • Nadir
    Nov 3, 2017 - 4:53AM

    In her 2004 trip she must have noticed what nobody mentioned: The population had increased almost four times. Far too many people for the country the size of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Nov 3, 2017 - 7:50AM

    She is a mirror image of her dad.Recommend

  • Dr Abdullah
    Nov 3, 2017 - 8:37AM

    Jinnah’s Pakistan has today become Chinnah’s (China) PakistanRecommend

  • ikram ulhaq
    Nov 3, 2017 - 9:32AM

    Deeply shocked hearing deathRecommend

  • awais
    Nov 3, 2017 - 11:54AM
  • Mahum Arif
    Nov 3, 2017 - 1:31PM

    Too much sad .May her soul rest in peace .May ALLLAH ALMIGHTY send her to jannatulfirdos.Ameen.Recommend

  • Hella
    Nov 3, 2017 - 4:35PM

    Jinnah’s first offspring died in 2017 and his second offspring died in 1971. May both secure peace.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 4, 2017 - 10:51PM

    Why media was silence on her existence for 70 years until she died?Recommend

  • Ghulam Rasul Shahzad
    Nov 6, 2017 - 4:42AM

    We are saddened to hear the sad demise of her death. May her soul rest in peace ! Our deepest condolences to her all members of the family and friends !. Recommend

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