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Kulsoom Nawaz, late wife of former Pak PM Nawaz Sharif, to be laid to rest today

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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz will be laid to rest near the graves of her father-in-law Mian Sharif and brother-in-law Abbas Sharif at Jati Umra, Lahore at 5 pm today. Maulana Tariq Jameel will lead the funeral prayers.

Her casket was transported to the capital in the morning where it was received by members of the Sharif family, including Hamza Shahbaz, and was later transported to the family’s Jati Umra residence via ambulance.

Arrangements for the the funeral are complete, DawnNewsTV reported. A large number of PML-N workers and supporters who arrived at Jati Umra were forbidden from entering the house.

Kulsoom, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in August last year, passed away in London on September 11.

Dawn reported that the family had received a death certificate issued by the private hospital where Begum Kulsoom Nawaz breathed her last on Tuesday, and the “out-of-England” letter from the coroner’s court, paving the way for the departure of her body to Lahore this evening.

The former PM and his daughter are both currently serving their sentences in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, but Nawaz was granted temporary bail before the funeral.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was elected to Lahore’s NA-120 constituencyin a by-poll after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court last year, but left for the United Kingdom before she could begin campaigning for the by-poll.

In her absence, Maryam ran her campaign instead. Due to her illness, Begum Kulsoom was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat.

Begum Kulsoom served as first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.

Born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family, Begum Kulsoom attended Islamia College and graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore. She received a Master’s degree in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970.

She married Nawaz Sharif in 1971, and served as the president of the PML-N from 1999 to 2002, after her husband’s government was dismissed by former president Pervez Musharraf.


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