Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former Pakistani PM, dies in London

Larry Hoffman
September 12, 2018

"The Sharif family has sought at least a three-day parole", they said.

Former premier Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif.

Nawaz, Maryam have been serving time in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi after an accountability court ruled that they had assets beyond known income.

"We are hopeful that the government will extend the parole till the funeral of Begum Kulsoom to be held on Friday in Lahore", Aurangzeb said, adding Shahbaz Sharif will leave for London on Wednesday to bring Ms Kulsoom's body back.

Further speaking on the move to auction 8 buffaloes kept by former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, a close aide of PM Imran Khan has said that the government as part of its austerity drive will also auction 80 luxury cars parked at the Prime Ministers' House. Police will be responsible for their security and safety.

PTI leader Shireen Mazari also twitted saying, "Truly saddened to hear of the passing of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz". PM Imran has also directed Pakistan's High Commissioner in London to provide every possible legal assistance to relatives of the Kulsoom Nawaz.

While speaking to Geo News before she was flown off from Rawalpindi to Lahore's Jati Umra for her mother's funeral, the PML-N leader said: "Today was extremely hard after learning of my mother's death". Nawaz Sharif has served as Pakistan PM for three terms.

When he was first imprisoned after a military coup in 1999, she took over leadership of the party and led rallies in the streets. Due to her illness, she was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat. She attended the Former Christian College in Lahore and received her master's degree at Punjab University.

From her maternal side, she was granddaughter of famous wrestler of the sub-continent Gama Pehlwan.

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

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