Jinnah’s only daughter, Dina Wadia, passes away at 98

Dina Wadia, the only daughter of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Rattanbai Petit, passed away in United States on Thursday, Pakistani media reported.

She was 98 years old.

She was born on the night between August 14 and 15 in 1919, “[…] precisely 28 years to the day and hour before the birth of Jinnah’s other offspring, Pakistan,” author Stanley Wolpert wrote in Jinnah of Pakistan.

“Jinnah had raised his daughter alone and loved her deeply; however, their relationship became strained when Dina fell in love with an Indian Parsi named Neville Wadia at the age of 17 and married him,” according to Dawn online.

Dina and Neville lived in Mumbai and had two children, a boy and a girl, before the couple divorced.

Dina first came to Pakistan in 1948, when the year-old country had lost its founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

The last time she visited Pakistan was in 2004, accompanied by her son Nasli Wadia and grandchildren Jehangir and Ness. After visiting the mausoleum of her father, she had written in the visitors’ book: “This has been very sad and wonderful for me. May his dream for Pakistan come true.”

 

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