Jailed ex-Pak PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife, Begum Kulsoom, dies in London

Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz passes away in London

The former first lady of Pakistan is survived by her husband Nawaz Sharif and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.

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. Both Nawaz Sharif and Maryam are now lodged in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi. According to sources, Kulsoom Nawaz will be buried in Pakistan as authoritie to bring her body back from London. 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).

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.

She was elected from Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a by-election after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court past year but left for Britain even before she could start campaigning.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law, Captain (retd) Safdar will be granted parole for Begum Kulsoom's funeral, it emerged on Tuesday.

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

Khan termed the former first lady a "brave woman".

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

The newly elected Pakistani government of Imran Khan has chose to extend all help in bringing the mortal remains of Begum Kulsoom from London.

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

But she could never return to the country to take her oath as a member of parliament. Party leaders have also said that she occasionally wrote many of Nawaz's speeches. "She's contributed famously to my father's life and to democracy in Pakistan".

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

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

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

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