Former Pakistani first lady Kulsoom Nawaz dies

12 September, 2018, 04:01 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz passes away in London

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were arrested on July 14 in Lahore in connection with a corruption scandal related to offshore properties.

In a statement, he said all facilities will be provided to the family and heirs of Kulsoom Nawaz as per law. According to sources, Kulsoom Nawaz will be buried in Pakistan as authoritie to bring her body back from London.

Although her public role - particularly with regards to Pakistan's often bitter domestic politics - was limited, she was known to exercise a certain degree of quiet power within the PML-N party.

Jailed ex-premier Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz are now in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi, serving their sentences in the Avenfield corruption case; and were handed jail sentences of 10 years and seven years respectively.

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

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From 1999 to 2002, she also served as the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) president after the Nawaz Sharif government was dismissed by former president Pervez Musharraf.

Mr Butt's family has Kashmiri origins and has deep roots in Lahore city, while Razia Begum hailed from a well-known family of wrestlers from Amritsar, India, who migrated to Lahore in 1947.

She completed her Masters in Urdu literature from Lahore's prestigious Foreman Christian College University in 1970, and soon after married Mr Sharif, who came from a family of wealthy industrialists.

She is survived by her husband and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam, and Asma.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi remarked that he has instructed the Pakistani High Commission in London to facilitate the bereaved family in every way.

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

Over the last 30 years, she had stood by her husband and advised him on various government affairs. Due to her illness, Kulsoom was unable to return and formally take oath as a member of the National Assembly.

Begum Kulsoom 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.

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma. "May God bless her soul".

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