Wife of jailed Nawaz Sharif dies in London


Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was not merely a political figure out of her relationship with the Sharif family as she herself led a struggle against the military dictator Pervaiz Musharraf.

Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, passed away in London on Tuesday after suffering from complications related to cancer.

According to sources, the Sharif family has made a decision to bring back Kulsoom's body to Pakistan, it said.

It is pertinent to note that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her spouse Safdar, were convicted by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference case on July 6.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz did not actively participate in politics despite being married to Nawaz Sharif.

They are now serving jail terms of 10 and seven years, respectively, at Rawalpindi's Adiala jail, as well as being fined $10.5m and $2.6m each. In the video, Nawaz Sharif is heard saying, "Kulsoom, please open your eyes..."

Moreover, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) director-general took to Twitter and said that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bajwa also expressed grief over the demise of Kulsoom Nawaz. PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif will be proceeding to London to bring Kulsoom's body to Pakistan.

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The former first lady had been undergoing cancer treatment at a Harley Street clinic in London since August previous year after she was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma.

The father and daughter left her bedside to return to Pakistan to rally their followers ahead of July 25 elections, which their party lost to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The newly elected Pakistani government of Imran Khan has made a decision to extend all help in bringing the mortal remains of Begum Kulsoom from London.

Begum Kulsoom served as first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.

The Prime Minister has directed Pakistani High Commission in London to assist in provision of all necessary facilities to the heirs of the deceased.

She was elected as an MP in 2017 after standing in for Nawaz Sharif. They prayed eternal peace for the departed soul and commiserated with the bereaved family.