Pakistan’s top leadership today expressed their condolences over the death of Dina Wadia, saying the only daughter of the country’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a greatly respected and admired figure. Wadia passed away at her home in New York yesterday. She was 98.
The Foreign Office in a message said that President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi “expressed deepest condolences, on behalf of the people and government of Pakistan, on the passing away of Ms Dina Wadia”. “Mr Nusli Wadia, Mrs Dina Wadia’s son has been conveyed the sadness of the Pakistani nation, on the demise of their beloved mother who was greatly respected and admired in Pakistan. May she rest in peace,” it said.
Born on the night between August 14 and 15 in 1919 in London, Dina’s relation with Jinnah suffered when she decided to marry a Parsi man against her father’s wishes. She visited Pakistan after partition, first when Jinnah died in 1948 and the second time in 2004. “This has been very sad as well as wonderful for me. May his (Jinnah’s) dream for Pakistan come true,” she wrote in the visitors’ book. Dina is survived by her son and Wadia group chairman Nusli N Wadia, daughter Diana N Wadia and great grandsons Ness and Jeh Wadia.