5 years on: Celebrating extraordinary life of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, mother of democracy

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It has been 5 years since Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who was awarded the title of mother of democracy and the first lady three times, left the world.
Kulsoom Nawaz, who emerged as a strong political character during Musharraf’s dictatorship, was born in March 1950 in a Kashmiri family in Lahore. She was the granddaughter of the famous Zamana Gama Pahlwan, Kulsoom Nawaz received her doctorate in Urdu literature from Punjab University.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was married to former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif in 1971. Honour, love, generosity and tolerance were the valuable assets of the deceased’s life. Apart from this, she continued to play an active role in the life, politics and important party decisions of the former prime minister.

In 1999, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz supported the sinking boat of the Muslim League (N) and carried the burden of party presidency on her shoulders for three years. Kulsoom Nawaz was awarded the title of “Mother Democracy” for bringing the opposition parties together on a single platform.

After the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, Kulsoom Nawaz once again entered the political arena, She was elected member of the National Assembly against Dr. Yasmin Rashid on her bed, but the cancer did not give her much respite and she struggled with life and death. Later, on 11 September 2018, I met Khaliq Haqiji, the deceased Umra Rai who was laid to rest by the side of her father-in-law Mian Muhammad Sharif.