Preity Zinta says she was fortunate enough to meet Dina Wadia

Trevor Jackson
November 5, 2017

Dina Wadia, daughter of Quidi-Azam Jinnah, passed away at 98 in her NY home on Thursday.

Dina Wadia is survived by her son and Wadia group chairman Nusli N Wadia, daughter Diana N Wadia, and great-grandsons Ness and Jeh Wadia, the spokesperson said in a statement, Times of India reported.

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The only child of Pakistan's founder was born on August 15, 1919 and came to Pakistan twice in her lifetime. She was 98. The Foreign Office in a message said that President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi "expressed deepest condolences, on behalf of the people and government of Pakistan, on the passing away of Ms Dina Wadia". "I was fortunate enough to have met her & really admired her", Preity tweeted as soon as news broke of Dina Wadia's death. In one picture, she is standing with her father and aunt, Fatima Jinnah.

Ary News wrote about the time Dina visited Pakistan on two occasions: First, for Jinnah's funeral in Karachi in 1948 and the second, and last time, in 2004 for an India-Pakistan cricket match. She was born to pre-Partition Bombay's most glamorous couple, an Ismaili-Shia Muslim and Ratanbai Dinshaw Petit, a Parsi girl hurriedly converted to Islam. Needlessly to say, she slammed the door on him and didn't allow Zia to raise himself above Jinnah as a Sharia-observant leader. She lived in NY after her divorce from Neville Wadia. "May his dream for Pakistan come true". "That is what I gleaned from the various letters written between Ruttie and Sarojini Naidu's daughters, Padmaja and Leelamani, who were her friends. She reminded us of the strong personality of Jinnah, who dedicated his life for the creation of Pakistan", he added.

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