Pride of Pakistan: Kulsoom Hazara

Kulsoom Hazara

The three-time South Asian Karate Champion, Kulsoom Hazara is a symbol of courage, determination and passion as she defied all odds to reach the top.

Kulsoom lost her father when she was five years old and lost her mother when she was eight. To vent out her anger and pain, her brother-in-law introduced her to Karate in 2000.

Few years later, she lost her biggest support, her brother-in-law who became a victim of target killing in Karachi. The traumatic incident made karate even more important to her as she made this sport a way to remember him and honour him.

In 2012, she became one of the two female karatekas from Pakistan to compete in the Asian Games for the first time soon after winning South Asian event in India.

She outclassed her opponents in South Asian Games in 2017 as she did during the last two events, making her the most prolific female karateka of Pakistan.

Kulsoom comes from a Hazara family, where according to her, women are obliged to be modest and conservative. However, the encouragement she got from her sister and brother-in-law made her shine at the highest level.