President Mamnoon expresses grief over Dina Wadia's death

Mamnoon Hussain condoles with her son, says Quaid-e-Azam's daughter will be remembered and respected forever


News Desk/APP November 03, 2017
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President Mamnoon Hussain expressed his deep grief on Friday on the demise of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's daughter Dina Wadia.

In his message to Nusli Wadia, the son of late Dina Wadia, and the rest of her family, the president said the entire nation felt shared their grief.

"Dina Wadia, being Jinnah's daughter, would be remembered and respected forever. She reminded us of the strong personality of Jinnah, who dedicated his life for the creation of Pakistan," he added.

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

President Mamnoon recalled Dina's visit to the Quaid's mausoleum, describing it as a memorable event.

He prayed for the departed soul and courage for the bereaved family to bear the loss with fortitude.

Dina, the only daughter of the Quaid-e-Azam, passed away at her home in New York on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Wadia Group said in a statement. She was 98.

Dina 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.

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-e-Azam's mausoleum in Karachi.

COMMENTS (2)

Pakistani | 3 years ago | Reply I wanted to know why Pakistan govt filed claim on Jinnah house in Bombay for which this lady was fighting with Indian govt for 60 years. She must not be happy by this Pakistani govt action.
TS | 3 years ago | Reply The fearless Wadia When Dina Wadia, the only daughter of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, told him in the 1930s that she wanted to marry a young man named Neville Wadia from a prominent Parsi family of Bombay that had built the famous Cusrow Baug in Colaba and Jer Baug and Rustom Baug in Byculla, he was furious. "There are millions of Muslim boys in India," he told her, and she could marry anyone she chose. Dina promptly replied, "Father, there were millions of Muslim girls in India. Why did you not marry one of them?" The young Jinnah had married a Parsi girl, Rattanbai "Ruttie" Petit (she died in 1929).
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