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

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

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

He was sentenced to 10-year jail term by an anti-corruption court in Pakistan.

In a late Tuesday night development, Fawad Chaudhry stated that the government had received an application filed by the Sharif family requesting for parole, which was subsequently approved by the government.

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.

"Feeling so sorry for Maryam and Mian sahib (Nawaz Sharif)", tweeted one user, Mobeen Shafaat.

The father and daughter left her bedside to return to Pakistan to rally their followers ahead of July 25 elections, which their party lost to the former cricket star Imran Khan's party. She was closest to former premier Nawaz Sharif in terms of relation but was not dragged into the Panama Papers controversy that led to the disqualification of her husband.

In a separate statement, Imran commiserated with family of the deceased and directed to provide all facilities to the family and heirs of Kulsoom Nawaz as per the law. Kulsoom completed her master's in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970 and married Nawaz Sharif the following year.

She was elected from Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a by-election after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court a year ago but left for Britain even before she could start campaigning.

Her first direct exposure to the harsh political landscape of Pakistan came in October 1999 when her husband's government was toppled and he was imprisoned.


But she could never return to the country to take her oath as a member of parliament.

Both mother and daughter were also placed under house arrest following Nawaz's dismissal by Musharraf.

Arif Alvi condoled the bereaved family.

Advocate Sharafat Ali, an assistant to the legal team of the Sharif family, said that it was the prerogative of the jail authorities to release Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on parole and "we will apply soon for their release".

Moreover, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) director-general took to Twitter and said that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bajwa also expressed grief over the demise of Kulsoom Nawaz.

"May Allah bless the departed soul eternal peace at Heaven", he remarked.

"Sad to learn of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's death".

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