Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom passes away after battle with cancer

Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom passes away after battle with cancer

Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom passes away after battle with cancer

She was diagnosed with lymphoma a year ago, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Pakistan Supreme Court after being ordered to face trial in an anti-corruption court.

But after Sharif was first imprisoned following a military coup in 1999, Kulsoom Nawaz stepped into the limelight, Farouq said.

"The Pakistan High Commission in the United Kingdom has been directed to provide all possible assistance to facilitate the heirs of Mrs. Kulsoom Nawaz", his office said in a statement. PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif will be proceeding to London to bring Kulsoom's body to Pakistan.

The political career of the former first lady remains far from any controversy, unlike embroilment of her family members in different cases.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam were informed about the tragedy by authorities at the Adiala Jail where the two, along with Maryam's husband Captain (r) Muhammad Safdar, are now serving their sentences in the Avenfield illegal assets reference. She was diagnosed with lymphoma a year ago, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court, which ordered him to face trial in an anti-corruption court.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law, Captain (retd) Safdar will be granted parole for Begum Kulsoom's funeral, it emerged on Tuesday.

Kulsoom belonged to a respected Lahori family of Kashmiri origin.

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She completed her Masters in Urdu literature from Lahore's prestigious Foreman Christian College University in 1970, and soon after married Mr Sharif, who came from a family of wealthy industrialists.

The funeral prayers of Pakistan's former first lady will be offered at the Regent's Park mosque in central London.

She is survived by her husband and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam, and Asma.

Born in 1950, she was known for her reserved nature in public, serving as a quiet foil to her husband, who was elected as Pakistan's prime minister three times. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison, while Maryam was imprisoned for seven years. Maryam had said in the past that her mother "dauntlessly challenged the usurper (Pervez Musharraf) when a lot of men backed out".

President Dr Arif Alvi has expressed grief over the passing away of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. He also directed the Pakistan High Commission in London to assist in the provision of all necessary facilities to the heirs of the deceased.

Politicians from various political parties and high-level government officials also expressed deep grief over the death. They prayed eternal peace for the departed soul and commiserated with the bereaved family.

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