Pakistan mourns death of Kulsoom Nawaz

12 September, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz passes away in London

Former Pakistani first lady Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has died in a London hospital after a prolonged illness, her family said.

Kulsoom Nawaz spent these years in the background, as the daughter-in-law of a super-rich industrial family with vast political influence.

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, and almost all the Sharif family's men were jailed.

President of PML-N Shehbaz Sharif confirmed the passing of Kulsoom and said "My sister-in-law and wife of Mian Nawaz Sharif, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, is no longer with us".

Prime Minister Imran Khan has condoled the death of Kulsoom and said all facilities will be provided to her family as per law.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz did not actively participate in politics despite being married to Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif, Maryam and Safdar are now serving jail terms in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July.

She also served as the president of the PML-N from 1999 to 2002 after her husband's government was dismissed by former President Pervez Musharraf in a bloodless coup in October 1999, and almost all the Sharif men were jailed.


She was under treatment at London's Harley Street Clinic since June 2017, placed on life support last night after her health deteriorated.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that arrangements were being made to bring her body back to Pakistan for burial in the family home at Jati Umra, Raiwind.

She would not take to politics again until a year ago, after her husband - now prime minister again - was disqualified by the Supreme Court from holding a public office.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was born in 1950. "The family has chose to bury Kulsoom Nawaz in Pakistan".

Khan termed the former first lady a "brave woman".

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz received her early education at Madrassa-Tul-Banat.

"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.

Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Najam Sethi also expressed his grief.

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