Jailed ex-Pak PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife, Begum Kulsoom, dies in London

Geneva Stokes
September 12, 2018

Kulsoom died Tuesday in London after a protracted battle with throat cancer.

Those, who extended condolences, include Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former president Asif Ali Zardari, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and other leaders of the party, Qaumi Awami Tehreek Chief Ayaz Lateef Palijo, Awami National Party Chief Asfandyar Wali, Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Amir Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar, Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Khan Sanjrani and Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwala.

Kulsoom Nawaz passed away on Tuesday after a prolonged illness.

Begum Kulsoom had been placed on life support at London's Harley Street Clinic on Monday night as her health began deteriorating.

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

Begum Kulsoom was elected to Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a by-poll after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court past year, but left for the United Kingdom before she could begin campaigning for the by-poll.

Mr Butt's family has Kashmiri origins and has deep roots in Lahore city, while Razia Begum hailed from a well-known family of wrestlers from Amritsar, India, who migrated to Lahore in 1947.

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

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

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

"We have conveyed to the Pakistan High Commission in London to fully cooperate with the (Sharif) family to bring back the body", Iftikhar Durrani, media adviser to the prime minister, told Arab News.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz received her early education at Madrassa-Tul-Banat.

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

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