Dina Wadia, Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s only Child, Dies

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New York: Dina Wadia, daughter of Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah, passed away peacefully at her home in New York on Thursday, family sources said in Mumbai. She was 98.

Dina Wadia, the only child of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Rattanbai Petit, passed away in New York on Thursday, sources in Mumbai and New York confirmed.  She was 98 years old.She had been born on the night between August 14 and 15 in 1919. Jinnah had raised Dina alone after his separation from Rattanbai and her subsequent demise. He loved her deeply, but their relationship had become strained after Dina fell in love with and married an Indian Parsi named Neville Wadia at the age of 17.

Dina and Neville lived in Mumbai and had two children, a boy and a girl, before the couple divorced. Dina had first visited 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 [Jinnah’s] dream for Pakistan come true.” Dina, who had married Bombay-based Parsi businessman Neville Wadia over her father’s objection and stayed back in India after Partition, is survived by her daughter Diana N Wadia, son Nusli N Wadia, her grandsons Ness and Jeh Wadia and two great grandchildren Jah and Ella Wadia.

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