All those stories about Nazia Hassan's husband poisoning and ill-treating her before her death have taken a beating, now that Nazia's 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, Nazia's 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 Nazia's singing. Even Nazia's 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 any money.
After Nazia's 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. "They 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," thundered Ishtiaq in an interview.
Whether Arez stays with his father or goes to his mother's 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 Aman's sensuality in 'Aap Jaisa Koi' lies in deep slumber, not to wake up.