Former Pak PM Nawaz Sharif’s Wife Kulsoom Passes Away in London

Marsha Scott
September 12, 2018

The 68-year-old had been diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma in August last year and had been London since, the Dawn reported. They returned to face corruption convictions ahead of July's election, leaving the ailing Ms Nawaz in London.

Referring to her mother, Maryam Nawaz had said that she had dauntlessly challenged a usurper when "most men did not". She was suffering from cancer.

Advocate Sharafat Ali, an assistant to the legal team of the Sharif family, said that it was the prerogative of the jail authorities to release Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on parole and "we will apply soon for their release".

Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Dr Arif Alvi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed grief and sorrow over her demise.

Begum Kulsoom had contested and won NA-120, a traditional bastion of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) after the seat fell vacant following Nawaz Sharif's disqualification by the Supreme Court (SC) in the Panama Papers case.

She had two sisters and two brothers.

Kulsoom belonged to a respected Lahori family of Kashmiri origin.

Ms Nawaz is the granddaughter of the famous wrestler Gama Pehlwan, or the Great Gama, on her maternal side.

She attended Islamia College and graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore before completing her masters in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970.

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Her family was known for wrestling.

He would be removed from office in 1993, but return again to the top post in 1997.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was born in 1950. The couple have four children. She suffered a cardiac arrest in June this year and was put on ventilator as her health deteriorated.

They were to remain in confinement for a year until Nawaz Sharif, having been sentenced to life imprisonment by a military court, was exiled to Saudi Arabia with his family after he agreed not to return to the country to practise politics for the next 10 years.

Party leader Khawaja Imran Nazeer, speaking to the media in Lahore, said Begum Kulsoom may be laid to rest in the family home at Raiwind, but clarified that all decisions will be finalised only after consultation between family members. There was speculation that she would become the party's president to avoid Shehbaz Sharif's elevation to the post.

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.

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

She had stood by Nawaz Sharif during his entire political career since the late 1970s, and was understood to have advised him on various matters.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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