Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife dies in London

Three Times First Lady of Pakistan: Kulsoom Nawaz

Kulsoom Nawaz passed away on Tuesday after a prolonged illness.

Army Chief Gen. Qamar Jawed Bajwa also expressed grief over Kulsoom's death and extended condolences to her family. "I will attend Kulsoom Bibi's funeral", he said.

Meanwhile, Shehbaz Sharif will leave for the United Kingdom on the next available flight to bring back the body of his sister-in-law. She contested for the NA-120 seat despite her failing health and secured 59,413 votes and defeated Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).

Sharif, three-time prime minister, is now serving a 10-year jail term in Pakistan following his conviction by a court on corruption charges.

She was elected from Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a by-election after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court past year but left for Britain even before she could start campaigning.

From 1999 to 2002, she also served as the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) president after the Nawaz Sharif government was dismissed by former president Pervez Musharraf.

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




Nawaz and Kulsoom married in 1971 and had four children - Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison, while Maryam was imprisoned for seven years.

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. And when he was arrested by the Musharraf regime in the 1999 coup, she spearheaded the campaign for his release.

In a 2012 interview with a local weekly, Maryam had said her mother "dauntlessly challenged the usurper when a lot of men backed out..."

But some observers pointed out that Kulsoom Nawaz was no political novice.

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

"COAS expresses his grief and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family on the sad demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz".

"May Allah bless the departed soul eternal peace at Heaven", he remarked.

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