Wife of Pakistan's jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif dies in London

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former and now jailed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, passed away in a hospital here on Tuesday after months of battle with cancer, the family said.

The couple has four children: Maryam, Asma, Hassan and Hussain out of which only Maryam is involved in mainstream Pakistani politics.

The lady, who remained an active political worker till 2017, was suffering from throat cancer in London's Harley Street Clinic since June.

After the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from his seat past year, Kulsoom was elected to Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a bye-poll.

The three-time former first lady was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma in August past year and had been since then in London where she underwent multiple surgeries.

Both were arrested on arrival and have been imprisoned since Kulsoom Sharif was briefly a member of parliament from September 2017 to July 2018 when she won her husband´s former seat in a by-election after the Supreme Court disqualified him.

Born into a Kashmiri family in Pakistan's Punjab, Kulsoom graduated from the Forman Christian College University. She had married Sharif in April 1971. 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.

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In a 2012 interview with a local weekly, Maryam had said her mother "dauntlessly challenged the usurper when a lot of men backed out..."

Talking to a private news channel, Ahsan said he tenders an apology to the Sharif family.

Khan remarked that the government will provide all facilities to the family according to the law.

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.

The Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also extended his heartfelt condolence.

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


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