Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's wife passes away

by Garry Watts September 12, 2018, 3:58
Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's wife passes away

Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, left, accompanied by his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, arrives at the Tribhuwan Airport to attend the 18th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Sharif and his daughter Maryam Sharif are at present imprisoned in Rawalpindi jail.

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. PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif will be proceeding to London to bring Kulsoom's body to Pakistan. She contested for the NA-120 seat despite her failing health and secured 59,413 votes and defeated Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).

She won a by-election to the national assembly seat, vacated by her husband's disqualification in a Panama Papers case verdict previous year in July, from her hospital bed in London. However, she took interest in politics following the end of Nawaz Sharif's second term as the Prime Minister.

Kulsoom belonged to a respected Lahori family of Kashmiri origin.

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.

Kulsoom Nawaz was briefly a member of parliament after she won her husband's former seat in a by-election after the Supreme Court disqualified him.

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Mushahidullah Khan said that they would apply for the release of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz from jail to attend the last rites of the deceased.

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

Begum Kulsoom led defiant, lonely protests against the Musharraf regime to get her husband freed from prison.

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

The Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also extended his heartfelt condolence. They prayed eternal peace for the departed soul and commiserated with the bereaved family.

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

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