ISLAMABAD – Begum Kulsoom Nawaz who breathed her last on Tuesday at the Harley Street Clinic, held a PhD on renowned Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib and used to insert verses in the speeches of her husband Nawaz Sharif – who served Pakistan thrice as the prime minister.
Former DG radio and seasoned journalist Murtaza Solangi elaborated in a piece written on Kulsoom Nawaz that she used to rectify the speeches of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leaders.
Kulsoom’s tilt towards literature was also confirmed by Pervaiz Rasheed, a close confidante of Nawaz Sharif and a senior PML-N leader who added that Nawaz Sharif used to get poetic references from his wife.
Senior journalist Nusrat Javed also expressed that Begum Kulsoom was an avid reader of literature as well as the newspapers.
“She would go through newspapers and highlight important passages and give them to Nawaz. This habit was inherited from her father Dr Hafeez, who was one of the few Muslim doctors in pre-partition Punjab and lived in Misri Shah area of interior Lahore,” the Dawn News anchor says.
PML-N Senator Mushahidullah, who is himself fond of poetry, dished in on the matter saying, if she had to speak, she would rely on poetry.
Senator Mushahid Hussain also confirmed the literary leaning of the former first lady and recalled an iconic meeting between Kulsoom Nawaz and Urdu literature legend, Quratulain Hyder.
“I am a great fan of you and your work, especially Aag Ka Darya,” she told the author to her surprise.
Besides the soft touch of her personality, Kulsoom was also compelled to lead the party in times of crises after the bloodless coup of 1999 engineered by Pervaiz Musharraf.
When Nawaz Sharif was put behind bars, it was Kulsoom who led the party and wooed the voters and party loyalists.