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

Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz passes away in London

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

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

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.

In her stead, her campaign was led by her daughter Maryam Nawaz.

"The Pakistan High Commission in the United Kingdom has been directed to provide all possible assistance to facilitate the heirs of Mrs. Kulsoom Nawaz", his office said in a statement. According to sources, Kulsoom Nawaz will be buried in Pakistan as authoritie to bring her body back from London.

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She won a by-election to the national assembly seat, vacated by her husband's disqualification in a Panama Papers case verdict past year in July, from her hospital bed in London.

It is pertinent to note that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her spouse Safdar, were convicted by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference case on July 6. In a statement, he said all facilities will be provided to the family and heirs of Kulsoom as per law.

She attended Islamia College and graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore.

Begum Kulsoom served as first lady of Pakistan in her husband's three non-consecutive terms as prime minister from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.

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

Referring to her mother, Maryam Nawaz had said that she had dauntlessly challenged a usurper when "most men did not". And when he was arrested by the Musharraf regime in the 1999 coup, she spearheaded the campaign for his release. Party leaders have also said that she occasionally wrote many of Nawaz's speeches. Due to her illness, Kulsoom was unable to return and formally take oath as a member of the National Assembly.

President Dr Arif Alvi has expressed grief over the passing away of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. He also directed the Pakistani High Commission in London to help the family.

Expressing grief and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, the COAS prayed, "May Allah bless the departed soul eternal peace at heaven, amen".

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