Wife of Pakistan’s ex-PM, Nawaz dies in London

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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz passed away at a hospital in London on Tuesday, 11 September, after a prolonged battle with cancer, reported ANI.

"She played an exemplary role as a mother, sister, daughter and wife", he said and added that Kulsoom fought bravely in the most hard times.

It is pertinent to note that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her spouse Safdar, were convicted by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference case on July 6. 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.

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

Crucial to the PML-N, she ensured the party remained functional during the most hard of times.

Begum Kulsoom had been placed on life support at London's Harley Street Clinic on Monday night as her health began deteriorating.

Following her death, politicians from both sides of the aisle - including Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, President Arif Alvi, and numerous members of the PML-N - offered condolence messages to the Sharif family via Twitter.

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Begum Kulsoom was elected to Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a by-poll after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court previous year, but left for the United Kingdom before she could begin campaigning for the by-poll.

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

Both sons Hassan and Hussain reside in the United Kingdom and cared for her while Nawaz and Maryam attended near daily hearings of their corruption trial.

"The Pakistan High Commission in the United Kingdom has been directed to provide all possible assistance to facilitate the heirs of Mrs. Kulsoom Nawaz", his office said in a statement.

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.

Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Najam Sethi also expressed his grief.

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

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