Wife of Pakistan’s ex-PM, Nawaz dies in London

Wife of Pakistan’s ex-PM, Nawaz dies in London

Wife of Pakistan’s ex-PM, Nawaz dies in London

Party leader Khawaja Imran Nazeer, speaking to the media in Lahore, said Begum Kulsoom may be laid to rest in the family home at Raiwind, but clarified that all decisions will be finalised only after consultation between family members.

"Feeling so sorry for Maryam and Mian sahib (Nawaz Sharif)", tweeted one user, Mobeen Shafaat. According to sources, Kulsoom Nawaz will be buried in Pakistan as authoritie to bring her body back from London. Her body will be brought back to Pakistan on the first available flight for burial. He was sentenced to 10-year jail term by an anti-corruption court in Pakistan. She was diagnosed with lymphoma previous year, 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.

Kulsoom belonged to a respected Lahori family of Kashmiri origin.

She attended Islamia College and graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore before completing her masters in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970.

Begum Kulsoom served as first lady of Pakistan in her husband's three non-consecutive terms as prime minister from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.

Nawaz took over leadership of the party, defying house arrest to attend street rallies standing up to military dictator General Pervez Musharraf and demanding her husband's release.

Referring to her mother, Maryam Nawaz had said that she had dauntlessly challenged a usurper when "most men did not".

Begum Kulsoom led defiant, lonely protests against the Musharraf regime to get her husband freed from prison. However, she was soon forced to move to London for treatment, and was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat.

But some observers pointed out that Kulsoom Nawaz was no political novice. He also directed the Pakistani High Commission in London to help the family.

"I pray to the Almighty to grant eternal peace to Begum Sahiba and strength to you and the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss", the letter read further. "May God bless her soul".

Politicians from various political parties and high-level government officials also expressed deep grief over the death.

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