Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom passes away after battle with cancer

Kulsoom Nawaz

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's wife, Begum Kulsoom passed away on Tuesday.

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

He and the couple's daughter Maryam Nawaz had left her in London and returned to Pakistan on July 13 this year in a bid to motivate support for the PML-N days before a general election.

"She played an exemplary role as a mother, sister, daughter and wife", he said and added that Kulsoom fought bravely in the most hard times.

Nawaz had been at her husband's side throughout his decades-long political career, which saw him become prime minister of Pakistan three times while facing military coups, prison and exile.

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

They are now serving jail terms of 10 and seven years, respectively, at Rawalpindi's Adiala jail, as well as being fined $10.5m and $2.6m each. Since then, Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have been making trips back and forth to visit ailing Kulsoom Nawaz. She was running for a by-election in her PML-N's stronghold of Lahore at the time.

The former first lady had been undergoing cancer treatment at a Harley Street clinic in London since August past year after she was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma.

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Her family was known for wrestling.

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

She was elected as an MP in 2017 after standing in for Nawaz Sharif.

She would not take to politics again until previous year, after her husband - now prime minister again - was disqualified by the Supreme Court from holding a public office.

In a separate statement, Imran commiserated with family of the deceased and directed to provide all facilities to the family and heirs of Kulsoom Nawaz as per the law.

Arif Alvi condoled the bereaved family. "May God bless her soul".

Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Kulsoom Nawaz.

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