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

Aaron Brown
September 12, 2018

He and the couple's daughter Maryam Nawaz had left her in London and returned to Pakistan on July 13 this year in a bid to motivate support for the PML-N days before a general election.

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma.

In a statement, he said all facilities will be provided to the family and heirs of Kulsoom Nawaz as per law.

Meanwhile, Shehbaz Sharif will leave for the United Kingdom on the next available flight to bring back the body of his sister-in-law.

Pakistan People Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari also condoled with the Sharif family.

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

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 previous year but left for Britain even before she could start campaigning.

Mr Butt's family has Kashmiri origins and has deep roots in Lahore city, while Razia Begum hailed from a well-known family of wrestlers from Amritsar, India, who migrated to Lahore in 1947.

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Begum Kulsoom served as first lady of Pakistan in her husband's three non-consecutive terms as prime minister from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.

Referring to her mother, Maryam Nawaz had said that she had dauntlessly challenged a usurper when "most men did not".

Nawaz and Begum Kulsoom Nawaz married in 1971 and had four children; Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma. 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.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was born in 1950. However, she was soon forced to move to London for treatment, and was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat. She led defiant, lonely protests against the Musharraf regime to get her husband freed from prison.

There was some initial criticism of the PML-N leadership by those who saw the trip overseas as evidence the party was taking its voters for granted. He also directed the Pakistani High Commission in London to help the family.

Leaders of political parties and Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the chief of army staff, extended their condolences to the bereaved family.

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

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