Begum Kulsoom, wife of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, dies in London

Posted September 12, 2018

The Sharif family has chose to bring back Begum Kulsoom's dead body to Pakistan and her funeral prayers would be offered on Friday, local media reported.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryum Nawaz will be given a 12-hour parole to attend Begum Kulsoom's last rites, he said.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were arrested on July 14 in Lahore in connection with a corruption scandal related to offshore properties.

Kulsoom's remains will be brought back by relative to Lahore, where the funeral is expected to take place at the family home in Raiwind.

"Shehbaz Sharif is leaving for London on the first available flight to bring back the body", Sen.

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Pakistan People Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari also condoled with the Sharif family. He was sentenced to 10-year jail term by an anti-corruption court in Pakistan.

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. "May God rest her in peace", Shehbaz Sharif, the former prime minister's brother, said on Twitter.

Born into a Kashmiri family in Pakistan's Punjab, Kulsoom graduated from the Forman Christian College University. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison, while Maryam was imprisoned for seven years.

Over the last 30 years, she had stood by her husband and advised him on various government affairs.

Kulsoom Nawaz spent these years in the background, as the daughter-in-law of a super-rich industrial family with vast political influence.

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But she could never return to the country to take her oath as a member of parliament. And when he was arrested by the Musharraf regime in the 1999 coup, she spearheaded the campaign for his release.

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma.

PML-N leaders said her funeral will be held in Pakistan.

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

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

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