17 January, 2021

The True Grit Of Kulsoom Mian

Kulsoom Nawaz is being called the "only man" in her party. For, she’s the only one trying to defy the military regime.

The True Grit Of Kulsoom Mian

In a population of over 137 million, there’s only one person openly defying the illegal and unconstitutional military rule in Pakistan. That too a woman. No wonder Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif is being called the "only man" in the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) presently headed by her jailed husband Nawaz Sharif.

A woman defying the military junta is nothing new in Pakistan. Fatima Jinnah, sister of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, had taken on Field Marshal Ayub Khan and even contested elections against him. It was the wife and daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who was hanged by another military dictator, Zia-ul-Haq, who led bloody street battles and took asylum till he was alive.

Kulsoom is no Fatima Jinnah nor can she be compared with Nusrat and Benazir Bhutto who had the following of the masses. But she’s learning fast. "I am not concerned with what the party does and doesn’t do. I’ll do all I can. I’ll come out against the military government even if I am left alone. My struggle cannot be called a confrontation with the army. I do not have tanks or...



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