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Pakistan Mourns Over The Death Of Quaid-e-Azam’s Only Daughter Dina Wadia

Pakistan Mourns Over The Death Of Quaid-e-Azam’s Only Daughter Dina Wadia

You may think that the daughter of the man founded Pakistan would be living in this country but that is not the case with Dina Wadia, Jinnah’s daughter who lived away from the nation that her father fought for. The reason for Dina living and breathing her last away from Pakistan was the fact that she chose to go against her father’s wishes and married a Parsi man.

Source: Tribune

Dina decided to marry Neville Wadia and earned her father’s ire who wanted her to marry a Muslim man. This was the reason that Dina decided to stay in India instead of following her family to Pakistan. Jinnah falling out with Dina was an unexpected move as he himself married a Parsi woman. Dina’s mother Ruttie was born in an affluent Parsi family and married 42 years old, Jinnah as soon as he turned eighteen.  Given his own history, it was unlike Jinnah to oppose Dina’s marriage so vehemently.

Source: Samaa

Maybe it was because Jinnah saw that his daughter would not be happy with Neville. Neville and Dina parted ways and Dina moved to New York, where she spent the remainder of her life. Though Dina tried maintaining a relationship with her father even after he disowned her, Jinnah made no such efforts and instead alienated his daughter further.

When Dina wanted to visit Jinnah in Pakistan when he critically ill, she was not granted a visa by Jinnah and could only come to Pakistan after the death of Jinnah. Dina only visited Pakistan twice, once for her father’s funeral and once in 2004. She passed away in New York on Thursday at the age of 98.

A statement issued by the Wadia family said that she died peacefully. It read, “She is survived by her daughter Diana, son Nusli, her grandsons, Ness and Jeh, Jeh’s wife Celina and two great-grandchildren, Jah and Ella Wadia.”

The world expressed their grief over the passing of Jinnah’s estranged daughter. 

Rest in Peace Dina Wadia

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