Dina Wadia, who was the only daughter of Pakistan’s founder Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, has passed away at her home in New York on Thursday at the age of 98.
Dina Wadia is now 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. As Stanley Wolper in his book Jinnah of Pakistan writes “Oddly enough, precisely twenty-eight years to the day and hour before the birth of Jinnah’s other offspring, Pakistan”. Her premature arrival was unexpected—her parents were at the theatre, but “were obliged to leave their box hurriedly.”
As Dina grew older, her relationship with her father deteriorated as she expressed interest in marrying a Parsi man. 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.
Many have expressed grief and condolences have poured in after the news of Jinnah’s daughter
Rest in Peace Mrs. Dina Wadia. The last survivor of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. pic.twitter.com/QibbquBiVk
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) November 2, 2017
“I’m deeply saddened at the death of Dina Wadia. My sympathies are with the bereaved family” @CMShehbaz
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) November 2, 2017
May God bless #DinaWadia Jinnahs only daughter, in eternity. RIP
— Tausif Kamal (@Tkamal147) November 2, 2017
Ironic that Jinnah's only child Dina Wadia who passed away at the age of 98 never lived in the country he created – visited once in 2004 pic.twitter.com/MGplbZEsee
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) November 2, 2017
Dina Wadia is no more. #RIP.
the only daughter of Quaid-e-azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
— Azeem Sarwar (@Azim_ch) November 2, 2017