Dina Wadia and her darling papa

She had hoped to spend the last days of her life with the memories of her darling papa in Mumbai. But her last wish was never fulfilled. Instead, she died in New York on November 2, at the age of 98.

After her death, Dina Wadia, the only child of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, became a victim of disinformation on social media, and in some newspaper articles. The ignorant claim that her father severed all ties with her. They also claim that he refused to meet her even when he was on his deathbed. But the facts tell a different story. They do not match the fictional narrative of the so-called historians.

On Nov 3, the National Assembly of Pakistan and the Sindh Assembly observed a minute of silence to pay homage to Wadia. Few in Pakistan knew her; yet, she was well respected in the country her father created.

Why then, did she never relocate to Pakistan? Why she died in New York as a US citizen? Why was she buried in the United States?

For a decade, during her life, Dina Wadia was engaged in a legal battle with the Indian government, over the ownership of her unoccupied childhood house in Mumbai. She filed a petition in the Bombay High Court through her lawyer, Shrikanth Doijode, insisting that she was the only legal heir of her late father and hence the owner of South Court (a.k.a Jinnah House). Jinnah had bequeathed the property to Fatima Jinnah, his sister, in 1939. But the will was never registered in a court. In her lifetime, Fatima Jinnah never made any claim over the property in Mumbai. She never married, which is why Wadia considered herself the sole owner of the bungalow on Malabar Hill.

In 2007, the Quaid’s daughter wrote a letter of request to then-Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. “It is now almost 60 years since my father’s death and I have been deprived of my house where I grew up and lived until I married,” she wrote, “I request you return it to me.” She further promised to only use the property for residential purposes and to not to exploit it commercially. Singh never responded, maybe because the Indian government had other plans. They were keen on converting the house into a South Asian Centre for Arts and Culture.

Later, the government of Pakistan also jumped into the controversy, by claiming ownership. They too hoped to get possession in order to relocate their consulate in Mumbai to Jinnah’s property. Wadia could have easily contested the government’s claim, but she decided against it and did not contact anyone in Pakistan.

I remember a conversation I had with Dr Zawar Hussain Zaidi, an academic, about Dina Wadia. He was her most reliable contact in Pakistan. Dr Zaidi admired Jinnah and met him for the first time at the Aligarh University before partition. At that time, he was a professor of history at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He moved back to Pakistan in 1992, to overlook the Quaid-e-Azam Papers Project, which entailed collecting and publishing more than 150,000 documents related to founder.

Zaidi showed me a letter Wadia wrote to her father in 1947. (The professor was a friend of my father. I would often contact him for guidance and to learn more about aspects of Jinnah’s life ignored by the state). There is a common narrative in Pakistan that suggests that Jinnah never saw his daughter after she married a non-Muslim in 1938. That narrative is false.

Jinnah was not happy about his daughter marrying, Neville Wadia. He never attended the wedding, but he did send a bouquet through his driver, Abdul Hai, to the newly married couple.

In his book, author Khawaja Razi Haider included letters Dina Wadia wrote to her father. The very first one, dated April 28, 1947, written from the Pedder House, Cumballa Hill, Bombay, addressed Jinnah as “My darling papa.” And goes on to add, “I am so proud and happy for you.” In another letter, written on June 2, 1947, she thanks her father for writing back, concluding it with the words, “lots of love and kisses and big hug. Dina.”

The Quaid wrote his last will in 1939, wherein he stated: “I direct my executors to set apart Rs 200, 000, which will at 6 percent bring an income of Rs 1,000. Pay the income to my daughter every month during her lifetime and after her death divide it equally between her children, male or female.” In 1943, Wadia separated from her husband. With Neville, she has one daughter and one son.

Jinnah met his daughter and grandchildren several times in Mumbai before 1947. Nussli Wadia, his grandson, still has a cap gifted to him by his grandfather in 1946. After her divorce, Wadia left India and later settled down in New York.

Dr Zaidi requested her several times to visit Pakistan, but she always told him she would not be a state guest.

The first time she visited the country was in 1948 after her father passed away. Then, she had travelled to Pakistan on a special plane sent by Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan. She came again, twice, quietly between 1948 and 1967.

Zaidi tried again through Benazir Bhutto. But the invite was rejected. Finally, the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Sheharyar Khan, approached her through her son Nussli Wadia in 2004 and invited the family to see an India-Pakistan cricket match in Lahore. This time, fortunately, she agreed. Tariq Azeem, then a senator, and now Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Canada, had sat next to her as she watched the match. He remembers asking her why she had not visited Pakistan in a long time. Her reply, as he recalls: “I don’t have anyone to visit here anymore. My family is in India.” To which he said that Pakistan was her family. Before the match could conclude, she left the stadium without watching India’s victory over Pakistan.

During her stay in the country, she visited the mausoleum of Dr Muhammad Iqbal in Lahore, who was a close friend of her father. Later she met his grandson, Mian Yousaf Salahuddin, over dinner. As Salahuddin was walking her through his gallery of images, she noticed the pack of cigarettes in his hand and ordered him to stop smoking. And when he expressed disappointment in the state of affairs in the country, she did not encourage him. Instead, she told him to “stop saying such things.”

Wadia’s visit was purposeful. She believed in cricket diplomacy as a means to normalize ties with neighbouring India and Pakistan. Throughout the trip, she may have avoided meeting then President Gen. Pervez Musharraf but she did quietly support peace efforts initiated by both the governments. When walking away from her father’s mausoleum in Karachi, she wrote the words: “May his dream for Pakistan come true.”

Dr Zaidi died in 2009. Wadia died this year. And with them gone, we, as a nation are slowly losing our contact with the past. We seem to be less interested today, than ever before, in securing a better and peaceful future for our generations to come. Both India and Pakistan never honoured the last wish of Dina Wadia. She was never able to live her remaining life in her family home, amongst the memories of her parents. But she had another wish. Our Quaid’s only child wished for India and Pakistan to get along. Will we honour it? Her darling papa and his political rival, Mahatama Gandhi, wanted the same.

Quaid-e-Azam’s memorabilia put on display at LSE exhibition

LONDON: Quaid-e-Azam’s memorabilia as well as rare South Asian documents and objects have been put on display in an exhibition at London School of Economics.

The exhibition, titled ‘Citizenship and Law: Pakistan at 70’ has been organised by South Asia Centre in collaboration with Courtauld Institute of Art and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to mark the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s birth and independence.

The exhibition is jointly curated by Dr Nilanjan Sarkar (LSE) and Dr Charlotte de Mille (Courtauld).

This exhibition explores political ideas of citizenship in Pakistan, and celebrates Pakistan’s indomitable spirit in pursuing its democratic processes of governance despite military interregnums over the last 70 years.

In taking a long-term view of the emergence of a political citizenry, the exhibition places the Constitution of Pakistan at the heart of this framework.

It starts with the emphasis on Pakistan’s Constitution and then goes on discover various key events in Pakistan’s life as well as its founder, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Through several unique, rare documents and objects, the exhibition brings out some aspects of Pakistan’s life which have never been seen before.

Dr Nilanjan Sarkar, Deputy Director of South Asian Centre, told Geo News that democracy has been a long process in Pakistan through the establishment of constitution despite the challenges posed at different periods of history through military rule.

“This exhibition makes the case that in the end perseverance of democracy always wins and we can see that slowly Pakistan is becoming a stable democracy in the world and a rising power in the region,” he said.

He said that exhibition showcases rare photographs of Quaid-e-Azam and documents from the archives of Lincoln’s Inn, including hand-written letters where Mohammad Ali Jinnah requests that his name be formally changed from ‘Mahomedalli Jinnahbhai’ to ‘M A Jinnah’ while he was studying law in the late 19th century in London.

The exhibition also has reproductions from the archives of Dawn including the two editions of the newspaper on 15 August 1947; photographs of the Quaid-e Azam and Allama Iqbal from the archives of the museum of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the High Commission of Pakistan in London; rare postage stamps issued by the government of Pakistan to mark the official launch of the Constitution in 1956 and 1973; and special items loaned from the personal collection of Justice Tassaduq Jillani including a special ‘Song for Justice’ written by him to mark the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and his personal robe and ceremonial boots.

President of the LSESU Pakistan Development Society Omar Bhatti said that Pakistani as well as international student liked the exhibition and learnt many new things about Pakistan.

“By putting the written Constitution at the centre of this exhibition, it celebrates the indomitable spirit of the people of Pakistan to take charge of their political destiny, in this 70th anniversary of their independence. The objects displayed are a rare treat for Pakistanis and others to see documents not seen in public either in the UK or in Pakistan,” he commented.

Buy world’s most expensive purse for just $3.8 million

World’s most expensive handbag with 4,517 diamonds, designed by House of Mouawad has been put up on display in Dubai.

The heart-shaped bag has 105 yellow diamonds, 56 pink and 4,356 transparent diamonds and weighs a whopping 381.92 carats.

The purse has made it to Guinness Book of World Records for its hefty price tag. This blingy wonder was created using craftsmanship of 10 artisans who worked for 4 months for a good 1100 hours.

This, one of its kind diamond and gold encrusted purse, is likely to make an appearance in the next big Dubai event.

1001 Nights Diamond Purse is expected to sell for 3.8 million. From next month it will be put on display in Geneva and London.

Pemra serves warning to Hum TV, ARY and Geo over airing ‘indecent content’

Without giving specifics, regulatory authority said content was against “socio-cultural norms and values of the country”

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday served warning notices to Geo Entertainment, ARY Communications and Hum TV for airing “indecent content” on different occasions, saying in case of repeated violations, action will be taken against them under relevant Pemra laws.

The notice stated Pemra had sought an explanation from ARY Communications, the sole landing rights owner of HBO (Home Box Office), for airing “indecent content” on April 10.

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Upon reviewing the channel’s response, the authority found the broadcast was against “provisions of the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015 as well as socio-cultural norms and values of the country”.

The authority did not share the details of the content neither did it provide the specifics of the violation.

Apart from issuing a notice to ARY Communications, Pemra also served a warning to Geo Entertainment with similar reservations over an episode of drama serial that aired on August 7. A Pemra official on condition of anonymity revealed that the said drama serial was Khali Haath.

Hum TV was also served a warning over the content of the May 21 episode of a drama serial, which the Pemra official revealed to be Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain.

Hum Network to launch its news channel

The Hum Network Limited has announced that it will launch a new TV channel by the name of ‘Hum News’, although a date for the expected launch of the channel was not revealed.

A letter sent to the general manager of the Pakistan Stock Exchange said the board of directors of Hum Network Limited during a meeting on Friday gave its approval for the launch of Hum News “to exploit the available opportunities in the news genre”.

The board authorised the company management to do everything necessary to complete all corporate, legal and ancillary formalities related to the execution of the project.

A company representative while talking to Dawn.com confirmed that the network will launch a news channel. A formal announcement in this regard is expected next week.

In an interview to BBC Urdu in January 2016, Hum Network CEO Sultana Siddiqui had expressed her desire to launch a news channel where “all journalistic values would be considered”.

“I want to present a better and positive image of Pakistan,” she had said.

Hum Network Limited, formerly Eye Television Network Limited, is a public limited media company based in Karachi. The company was established in February 2004.

Benefits of Unripe/raw Mangos

Mangos’ season is just around the corner, in some climatically warm parts of Pakistan. ln Sindh province mangos have reached in.markets but here in Khyber pakhtun khuwa mangos are still unripe or green. In summers like any other delicious seasonal fruits the mangos are a healthy snack and tastes great any time of day. People love having mango milkshakes or mango nectars as well.

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There are so many kinds of delicious yummy mangos in Pakistan. Today Photo story is about unripe or green mangos as just like ripe mangos unripe mangos have some soure but nutritious values as well. In Pakistani homes it’s a common practice of female to made Mango pickle from their home garden. Mango pickle is very popular in Pakistan.

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Unripe mangos are also used in different kindsbof yummy chutnese . Here are few of the nutritious health vales of unripe/Green mangos.

Green mangos contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E that’s enhances one’s hormonal system.

Eating mangos with salt prevents the excessive loss of water from the body. & help to quench thirst.

In addition, it also prevents one from the negative effects of very high temperature.

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Eating green mango prevents the loss of iron and sodium chloride in the body. Also drinking unriped mango juice prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer due to excessive sweating.This is another benefit of green mango.

Unriped mangoes are extremely benficial in treating blood disorders because of its high vitamin C content.

Saba Rehman Mohmand is a Female photojournalist and right now she is only one from all FATA . She is a tribal girl who studied photojournalism from National Geographic Washington DC USA. She did her master in Journalism and mass communication. She started her career from BBC URDU as a project researcher. Nowadays she is offering photojournalism courses in a university also working as a freelance photojournalist to BBC Urdu and some other online News website as well.

Saba is also working for IBC URDU and now will start work for IBC English as in “Miss Mohmanda pictorial Travel”
Mangos are considered to be the king of all fruits and everybody loves eating it either they are kids, women or older age men.

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Shahid Masood bids farewell to electronic media

Dr Shahid Masood says he isn’t ready to continue working on media, feels concerned about situation

LAHORE: Renowned media anchor and analyst Dr Shahid Masood has on Thursday said that he wouldn’t continue working on electronic media, holding the ‘poor state of affairs in the industry’ as responsible for his decision.

In his video message released on the internet, Shahid Masood said that it was probably time for him to leave the electronic media. He said that he had begun working in electronic media 16 years ago and had covered the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon but now he believed the situation had worsened to a level where he didn’t feel like working.

The former MD of Pakistan Television said that when in 2001-02 he had started working on electronic media, he and his colleagues had high hopes and wanted to make Pakistani media known throughout the world. He said that he was quite successful in his career but the things have changed now as ‘the journalists are abusing other journalists’.

Shahid Masood said that he didn’t know whether he’d return to electronic media or when that will happen. He said that he wasn’t feeling like using electronic media to share even this message as he was distressed looking at the situation of the media nowadays.

U.S. Embassy Connects Pakistani and American Artists at the South-by-Southwest Music Festival

Islamabad, April 6, 2016: The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad congratulates four Pakistani bands on their successful performances in the 2016 South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival which concluded last week in Austin, Texas. For the second year in a row, the U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with the Foundation for Arts, Culture, and Education (FACE), sponsored Pakistani musical groups’ participation in the festival in order to strengthen ties between American and Pakistani music communities.

“Music plays a unique role in connecting communities and individuals through a shared language,” Embassy Public Affairs Officer Jeffrey Sexton said. “We were thrilled to sponsor some of Pakistan’s best musicians to attend one of the world’s largest music festivals in the United States, and we are looking forward to supporting the lasting relationships between the arts communities in Pakistan and the United States that develop out of this program.”

Female Sindhi musician Mai Nimani, folk musician Wahid Allen Faqir, qawali group Imran Aziz Mian Qawall, and Lahore-based rock band Overload participated in this year’s festival. While in Austin, the bands presented a diverse range of folk and rock music during the second Pakistan Music Showcase at The Driskill on March 16. The bands also networked with music managers, participated in a music tech meetup, and performed at other venues across Austin. Austin Mayor Steve Adler was so impressed with Pakistan’s musical representation at SXSW, he declared March 14, 2016 “Music of Pakistan Day.”

Reflecting on his experience, Faqir said, “This trip has been a gift from God. Now I feel the responsibility to spread happiness and love through my performances. The people I met in America have such big hearts. Wherever I went, people took photos with me, gave me hugs, and were curious to know more about me and my country. I have such great memories of love and happiness from Austin.”

The South-by-Southwest Showcase provided an unparalleled opportunity for Pakistani musicians to share Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage with American audiences. The SXSW Music Conference and Festival, held in Austin, Texas every year since 1987, is now the largest music festival of its kind globally and attracts over 51,000 people to Austin every March. The goal of SXSW is to create an event that acts as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, and to share ideas in music, film, and interactive technologies.

Pakistan Day, Army parade rehearsal

Preparations of 23 March parade holds a significant place in the history of Pakistan. To mark this day in a befitting manner, Armed Forces Pakistan Day Parade will be held in Islamabad. To facilitate commuters, special traffic arrangements have been made for 21 March ( full dress rehearsal) and 23 March( Pakistan Day ) .

Taffic Plan will be publicized on electronic and print media. Preparations of parade for 23 March, 20165 are in full swing. A rehearsal of the parade was held today at parade venue, Shakarparian.

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Participating troops which include foot columns of Army, Navy, PAF, Frontier Corps , Northern Light Infantry, Mujahid Force, Islamabad Police, tri Services Lady officers, tri services Armed Forces Nursing Service, Girls Guide, Boys Scouts, Special Service Group from three Services, mechanized columsn of Armoured Corps, Artillery, Army Air Defence, Signals, Engineers, Army Strategic Force Command, Camel Band and President’s Body Guard participated in the parade.

Fighter aircrafts of PAF, aircraft of Pakistan Navy and helicopters of Army Aviation also rehearsed flypast for the final day. Aerobatics of PAF Sherdil team and JF-17 thunder and F-16 were also part of today’s rehearsal. Skydivers of three servies made parajumps.

Lieutenant General Najib Ullah Khan, Director General Joint Joint Staff,Lieutenant General Zamir ul Hasan Shah, Adjutant General Pakistan Army, Lieutenant General Malik Zafar Iqbal, Corps Commander and other representatives from three servies and organizers witnessed the rehearsal today