Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife dies in London

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

The three-time first lady was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects the immune system, in August a year ago.

Ms Nawaz was born Kulsoom Rehana Butt in 1950 to a businessman and investor, Mohammad Hafeez Butt, and his wife Razia Begum.

"An application will be submitted to the jail authorities seeking the release of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt. (Retd.) Mohammed Safdar, and we are sure that they will attend the funeral of Kulsoom Nawaz", he told Arab News.

Begum Kulsoom had been placed on life support at London's Harley Street Clinic on Monday night as her health began deteriorating. She had been in London since then and underwent multiple surgeries and at least five chemotherapy sessions. On June 15, she was placed on a ventilator after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Jailed ex-premier Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz are now in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi, serving their sentences in the Avenfield corruption case; and were handed jail sentences of 10 years and seven years respectively.

He has directed the Pakistani High Commission in London to assist in provision of all necessary facilities to the heirs of the deceased.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz received her early education at Madrassa-Tul-Banat.

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When Nawaz and Maryam Sharif left London for Pakistan in July, they knew they faced lengthy jail terms and would likely not see Ms Nawaz again. She was diagnosed with lymphoma past year, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court, which ordered him to face trial in an anti-corruption court.

The newly elected Pakistani government of Imran Khan has made a decision to extend all help in bringing the mortal remains of Begum Kulsoom from London. She was diagnosed with lymphoma past year.

She is survived by her husband and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam, and Asma.

Kulsoom belonged to a respected Lahori family of Kashmiri origin. Maryam had said in the past that her mother "dauntlessly challenged the usurper (Pervez Musharraf) when a lot of men backed out".

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

Offering his condolences to the bereaved family, the PPP leader termed the demise a great loss. "May God bless her soul".

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