NAZIA"s husband interview
Naziaâs husband opens up
17th Nov 2000 15.55 IST
By Tanuka Chakraverty
All those stories about Nazia Hassanâs husband poisoning
and ill-treating her before her death have taken a beating,
now that Naziaâs husband, Ishtiaq Baig has opened his mouth
and told the media his side of the story.
According to Ishtiaq, Nazia and he were a happily married
couple. The Hassans, Naziaâs mother especially, never took
a liking to her son-in-law. She resented the fact that Nazia
stopped singing after her marriage. Their only source of income
was from their daughter Naziaâs singing. Even Naziaâs brother
Zoheb disliked his brother-in-law because he thought Ishtiaq
did not allow his sister to sing. Without Nazia, no music company
was willing to sign Zoheb. The Hassans were therefore not earning
After Naziaâs death, her body lay in the mortuary for several
days because of the tug of war between her husband and her parents.
Though there was no divorce, her parents showed forged evidences of
a divorce between Nazia and Ishtiaq. They are now fighting a battle
of custody over their grandson, Arez.
Istiaq feels that the Hassans want the custody of Arez, not so much
for love and affection, as it is for the money Arez will bring with
himself from his father as maintenance. Ishtiaq is firm this time
and has made all arrangements to obtain custody of his child.
âThey kept my wife away from me during her last days, poisoned
her mind with baseless stories about me and now they want to take
my son away from me. Arez is my child and he will stay with me,â
thundered Ishtiaq in an interview.
Whether Arez stays with his father or goes to his motherâs family,
is for the court to decide. What is for sure is that there will be
no more of that refreshing nasal voice washing all this dirt and
bringing light. The beautiful face that lent voice to Zeenat Amanâs
sensuality in âAap Jaisa Koiâ lies in deep slumber, not to wake up.