PM Imran Khan, COAS, Zardari offer condolences to Sharif family

Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz passes away in London

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

Bilawal remarked that Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was a very fearless woman.

In a statement, Prime Minister Imran Khan, a bitter rival to the Sharifs whose PTI handily beat the outgoing PML-N at a general election in July, said Nawaz Sharif and his daughter would be "provided all facilities that they are entitled to under law".

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

Begum Kulsoom, 68, had been placed on life support earlier today as her health began deteriorating, sources at London's Harley Street Clinic had told GeoNews.

But after Sharif was first imprisoned following a military coup in 1999, Kulsoom Nawaz stepped into the limelight, Farouq said.

The 68-year-old three-time former first lady was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma in August last year and had been since then in London where she underwent multiple surgeries. She was diagnosed with lymphoma past year, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court, which ordered him to face trial in an anti-corruption court. However, she was soon forced to move to London for treatment, and was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat.

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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ISLAMABAD: The government has released former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar on parole to attend the funeral of Pakistan's former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Both mother and daughter were also placed under house arrest following Nawaz's dismissal by Musharraf.

Recently elected Prime Minister Imran Khan calls Ms Nawaz "a courageous woman of great dignity".

Sharif was ousted from the premiership a month before his wife's diagnosis.

PML-N leaders said her funeral will be held in Pakistan. He also directed the Pakistan High Commission in London to assist in the provision of all necessary facilities to the heirs of the deceased.

Kulsoom belonged to a respected Lahori family of Kashmiri origin.

"I pray to the Almighty to grant eternal peace to Begum Sahiba and strength to you and the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss", the letter read further.

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