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.
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.
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.
"acha howa ya pakistan may nahy thi q k hum log is qabil hi nahy hay k in ko respect daytay "Allah in ki magfirat farmaye ameen "Dina Wadia"
— Syed M Hassaan (@smh783) November 3, 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
Saddened to learn of the death of our Quaid's daughter Dina Wadia. May her soul rest in peace.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 2, 2017
Deeply saddened to learn about demise of Dina Wadia daughter of Quaid e azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. May her soul rest in eternal peace Ameen.
— Senator Dr AQ Soomro (@drabdulqayoom) November 3, 2017
I am saddened by the sad demise of Ms. Dina Wadia. I extend my sympathies to the grieving family.
— Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri (@TahirulQadri) November 2, 2017
Dina Wadia's passing away marked passing away of an era, end of unique bond that existed cause of her illustrated father-our founding father
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 2, 2017
Dina Wadia rest in peace, daughter of the man we can never repay. May Allah bless your & your fathers soul. pic.twitter.com/W1yIPynBUS
— FB (@MutePaper) November 2, 2017
Dina Wadia did not cash in on her father's name for votes. Not easy to walk away from glitz and political glory at any age but she did. RIP!
— SJ (@SumairaJajja) November 2, 2017
Rest in Peace Dina Wadia