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Wife of Pakistan's jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif dies in London

Wife of Pakistan's jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif dies in London

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were arrested on July 14 in Lahore in connection with a corruption scandal related to offshore properties. "I will attend Kulsoom Bibi's funeral", he said. According to sources, Kulsoom Nawaz will be buried in Pakistan as authoritie to bring her body back from London. "She will be laid to rest in Pakistan", the family confirmed.

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 won a by-election to the national assembly seat, vacated by her husband's disqualification in a Panama Papers case verdict a year ago in July, from her hospital bed in London.

Born into a Kashmiri family in Punjab, she graduated from Forman Christian College University.

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

Her husband and daughter, Maryam, are both in jail in Pakistan.

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

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.

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But she could never return to the country to take her oath as a member of parliament. As a result, the family welcomed the military coup of 1977 which toppled Mr Bhutto's government and sent him to the gallows two years later following a controversial trial. She led defiant, lonely protests against the Musharraf regime to get her husband freed from prison.

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

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

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma. He also directed the Pakistani High Commission in London to help the family.

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

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

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


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