President Mamnoon Hussain expressed his deep grief on Friday on the demise of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s daughter Dina Wadia. 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. “Dina Wadia, being Jinnah’s daughter, would be remembered and respected forever. She reminded us of the strong personality of Jinnah, who dedicated his life for the creation of Pakistan,” he added. Quaid-i-Azam’s daughter Dina Wadia passes away at 98 in New York President Mamnoon recalled Dina’s visit to the Quaid’s mausoleum, describing it as a memorable event. He prayed for the departed soul and courage for the bereaved family to bear the loss with fortitude. Dina, the only daughter of the Quaid-e-Azam, passed away at her home in New York on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Wadia Group said in a statement. She was 98. Dina is survived by her son and Wadia Group Chairman Nusli N Wadia, daughter Diana N Wadia, and grandsons Ness and Jeh Wadia, said the statement issued in Mumbai. The Wadia Group, one of the oldest conglomerates of India, was founded by Sir Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia in 1736. After marrying a Parsi businessman, Wadia stayed in India before moving to the United States. She visited Pakistan upon the death of Jinnah, followed by another trip in 2004, during the Pervez Musharraf regime. “This has been very sad and wonderful for me. May his [Jinnah’s] dream for Pakistan come true,” she had [Read More…]
India’s bid to enter an elite atomic trading club hit a stumbling block as six nations reportedly opposed its inclusion, citing the fact that New Delhi has yet to commit to the non-proliferation regime. Meeting behind closed doors in Seoul for a specially convened session, representatives of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group deliberated India’s bid to become the 49th member. Only a unanimous vote will see New Delhi’s bid sail through. Six countries, including China, Brazil, Austria, New Zealand, Ireland and Turkey opposed the bid citing the fact that India has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), The Indian Express reported. Being an NPT signatory is a pre-requisite to become a member of the NSG. Brazil, a member of the four-nation bloc BRICs (Brazil-Russia-India-China), opposed India’s membership stressing a non-discriminatory criteria for the membership process, India Today reported. China stonewalled India’s bid reiterating that all “parties are yet to see eye-to-eye on this issue”. Beijing has also made a case for Pakistan’s inclusion in the group if the NSG decides to grant an exception to India for its non-NPT status. This came even as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tashkent on Thursday on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit with the express objective of convincing him on India’s NSG bid. ”Make a fair and objective assessment of India’s bid for membership to the NSG on its own merit,” Modi urged Xi during their meeting. “Join the emerging consensus.” The consensus [Read More…]
ISLAMABAD: A 5.2-magnitude earthquake was felt in Swat, Chitral, Malakand and adjoining areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday morning. According to Radio Pakistan, epicentre of the earthquake was in the Hindukush range in Badakhshan area of Afghanistan. No loss of life or property was reported. The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was recorded as 4.4-magnitude-strong on the Richter scale. Earthquake jolts parts of K-P Earlier on Saturday, a moderate earthquake of 3.9-magnitude had jolted several districts of the country. Tremors were felt across Bajaur Agency, Fata, Chitral, Buner and Malakand. “The quake’s epicentre was Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region and it occurred at a depth of 172 kilometres,” the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had said. An earthquake was felt in K-P and Fata on January 8 as well. The post 5.2 magnitude earthquake felt in parts of K-P appeared first on The Express Tribune.