Wife of jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif dies in London

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is survived by her husband former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and their four children. ─ DawnNewsTV

The 68-year-old had been diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma in August last year and had been London since, the Dawn reported.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the ailing wife of imprisoned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, passed away at a hospital in London on Tuesday after battling cancer for over a year.

Hospitalised for eight months at Hartley clinic in the British capital, reports on Tuesday morning said her health deteriorated further and she was placed back on the ventilator. She had reportedly gone through multiple surgeries and at least five chemotherapy sessions. A slight improvement in her condition was reported by her family members in June, a day before her husband and daughter were sent to prison reported Dawn.

ISLAMABAD: The government has released former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar on parole to attend the funeral of Pakistan's former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. Both are now serving jail sentence with Maryam's husband Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdarin Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July. He also directed the Pakistan High Commission in London to assist in the provision of all necessary facilities to the heirs of the deceased. In 1971, she married Nawaz Sharif. The father and daughter will be granted parole to attend her last rites.

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.

She had been diagnosed in London and her treatment had been happening ever since.

Since then, Nawaz and Maryam have been making regular making trips to the United Kingdom to visit Kulsoom.

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.

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

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

Offering his condolences to the bereaved family, the PPP leader termed the demise a great loss.

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