PM, president, army chief condole demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz

PM, president, army chief condole demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz

Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered his condolence to the Sharif family following the death of former PM Nawaz Sharif's wife, Kulsoom Nawaz.

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. She was closest to former premier Nawaz Sharif in terms of relation but was not dragged into the Panama Papers controversy that led to the disqualification of her husband. Family sources told that Begum Kulsoom had inquired about Nawaz and Maryam last night but was not informed about their conviction.

Begum Kulsoom was under treatment at London's Harley Street Clinic since June 2017.

For years Kulsoom Nawaz stayed out of politics, focusing on the couple's family and home life.

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.

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Up until her husband's ouster a year ago, Kulsoom Sharif had never been a politician, but she memorably led protests after the 1999 military coup that ended a previous Sharif administration.

Referring to her mother, Maryam Nawaz had said that she had dauntlessly challenged a usurper when "most men did not". She received a Master's degree in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970. 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. Party leaders have also said that she occasionally wrote many of Nawaz's speeches. The president prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace and extended his condolences to the bereaved Sharif family.

The prime minister has directed the Pakistan high commission in London to assist in provision of all necessary facilities to the family of the deceased, said an official statement.

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

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