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

Frederick Owens
September 11, 2018

The cancer-stricken wife of Pakistan's jailed former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has died in London, her brother-in-law said on Tuesday.

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

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When Nawaz Sharif was deposed after his disqualification as a result of a Supreme Court verdict in July, 2017, Kulsoom Nawaz contested by-election from her husband's vacated constituency NA-120 and won the election.

Army Chief Gen. Qamar Jawed Bajwa also expressed grief over Kulsoom's death and extended condolences to her family.

According to reports, her health deteriorated on Monday night and she was placed on life support.

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During her husband's exile after the 1999 military coup by Pervez Musharraf, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz took over reins of the party and served as its president from 1999 to 2002. Maryam Nawaz expressed her feelings concerning her mother in the following words: "She dauntlessly challenged the usurper when a lot of men backed out".

Kulsoom Nawaz stood against Musharraf regime when he put her husband behind bars. She defeated Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf with not-so-close margin. She was under treatment at London's Harley Street Clinic since July a year ago.

She was diagnosed with lymphoma in August 2017.

Nawaz and Maryam Sharif breaking into tears bidding her farewell.

Confirming the news Sharif's brother and the head Pakistan Muslim League-N, Shahbaz Sharif, tweeted from his party's official Twitetr handle in Urdu, "My sister-in-law and the wife of Nawaz Sharif sahib is no more amongst us".

It was not immediately clear whether Nawaz Sharif or his daughter, Maryam, might be released from prison to attend funeral services.

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