Sindh Assembly observes minute's silence for Dina Wadia

Dina Wadia

Dina Wadia

Dina Wadia, the only daughter of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Rattanbai Petit, passed away in NY on Thursday, sources in Mumbai and NY confirmed.

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. "Why did you not marry one of them?" She visited Pakistan only twice after her marriage, during Jinnah's funeral at Karachi in September 1984 and in 2004 to watch an India-Pakistan cricket match in Lahore. Dina's parents were immersed in their own concerns, and she was a neglected child, said Sheela Reddy, author of Mr and Mrs Jinnah: The Marriage that Shook India.

She recalled her meeting with the lady saying, "I was fortunate enough to have met her and really admired her". Wadia's relationship with her father, according to uncorroborated accounts, but claimed by Muhammed Ali Currim Chagla, had fallen apart when she chose to marry a Parsi, Neville Wadia.

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She also went to the tomb of Madar-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah to pay respects to her aunt and Flagstaff House Pakistan to host the flag of Pakistan and her father's house Wazir Mansion.

The Dil Chahta Hai actress then spoke highly of Dina as she said: "Each time I'm struck by her gentle demeanour, her classic elegance, and yes, her fragility".

"This has been very sad and wonderful for me. She reminded us of the strong personality of Jinnah, who dedicated his life for the creation of Pakistan", he added. She filed a writ petition in the Bombay HC in 2007. Dina is survived by her son Nusli Wadia, daughter Diana N Wadia, and great-grandsons Ness and Jeh Wadia.

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