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Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

President, PM, FM write letters of condolence to late Dina Wadia's son

President, PM, FM write letters of condolence to late Dina Wadia's son

The only child of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who is credited as being the founder of Pakistan, Dina Wadia passed away at her home in NY on Thursday at the age of 98.

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.

Ms Wadia was born around the midnight of August 14-15, 1919 in a cinema theatre in London where her parents, Jinnah and Rattanbai, were watching a film, quoting historian Stanley Wolpert, community website Parshi Khabar said. Jinnah had raised Dina alone after his separation from Rattanbai and her subsequent demise.

Dina was estranged with her father when she chose to marry a Parsi Neville Wadia, who had built the famous Cusrow Baug in Colaba and Jer Baug and Rustom Baug in Byculla.

In 2004, she visited Jinnah's tomb in Karachi, along with Nusli and his two sons. Jinnah House was built in 1936 and it was vacated by Quaid in 1947 partition. On the second visit, Dina arrived "in the country created by her father and visited Quaid's tomb".

Media rumours indicated an extremely formal father-daughter relationship after Dina's marriage. To which, Dina replied, there are millions of Muslim girls in India, why did you not marry one of them?

Pakistani media reports were flooded with condolences and praise for Dina, who passed away in NY. "She reminded us of the strong personality of Jinnah, who dedicated his life for the creation of Pakistan", he added. To this, Mr Jinnah's response was, "She became a Muslim". She moved to London and then to NY. Dina was involved in a legal battle with the government of India over her rights to the house as Jinnah had not named her in his will and her aunt also passed away.

Wadia, in her petition, claimed that her father's will was not probated by the Bombay High Court and therefore had no effect on any operation of law. Nusli Wadia is the chairman of the Wadia group, which owns Bombay Dyeing, among other interests. He was the only son of Sir Ness and Lady Wadia, in a ceremony at All Saint's Church on Malabar Hill, on November 16, 1938.

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