Former Pakistani first lady Kulsoom Nawaz dies

Arturo Kim
September 12, 2018

"My sister-in-law and Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz has passed away", he tweeted.

Begum Kulsoom had contested and won NA-120, a traditional bastion of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) after the seat fell vacant following Nawaz Sharif's disqualification by the Supreme Court (SC) in the Panama Papers case. However, she took interest in politics following the end of Nawaz Sharif's second term as the Prime Minister. Both are now serving jail sentence with Maryam's husband Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdarin Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July.

Others speculated on whether Khan's government would allow Sharif or his daughter to return to London to collect Nawaz's body.

The Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also extended his heartfelt condolence.

The news was confirmed by PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif. Kulsoom, who was under treatment at London's Harley Street Clinic since June 2014, was placed on life support earlier Tuesday as her health deteriorated, Geo TV reported.

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

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.

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Both sons Hassan and Hussain reside in the United Kingdom and cared for her while Nawaz and Maryam attended near daily hearings of their corruption trial.

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.

"Sad to learn of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's death".

Bilawal remarked that Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was a very courageous woman.

President Dr Arif Alvi has expressed grief over the passing away of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

New Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a statement offering condolences, and said the government "as per law" would provide assistance to the family. "May God bless her soul".

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