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PM Imran Khan, COAS, Zardari offer condolences to Sharif family

12 September 2018

Kulsoom, the wife of Sharif, died Tuesday in London after a long battle with cancer. Born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family, Begum Kulsoom married Nawaz Sharif in 1971 after completing her master's degree in Urdu from Punjab University, Lahore.

"Feeling so sorry for Maryam and Mian sahib (Nawaz Sharif)", tweeted one user, Mobeen Shafaat. However, she took interest in politics following the end of Nawaz Sharif's second term as the Prime Minister.

Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, left, accompanied by his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, arrives at the Tribhuwan Airport to attend the 18th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

They are now serving jail terms of 10 and seven years, respectively, at Rawalpindi's Adiala jail, as well as being fined $10.5m and $2.6m each.

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Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were arrested on July 14 in Lahore in connection with a corruption scandal related to offshore properties.

Leaders of political parties and Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the chief of army staff, extended their condolences to the bereaved family. PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif will be proceeding to London to bring Kulsoom's body to Pakistan. She contested for the NA-120 seat despite her failing health and secured 59,413 votes and defeated Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).

Begum Kulsoom served as the first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.

She would not take to politics again until past year, after her husband - now prime minister again - was disqualified by the Supreme Court from holding a public office.

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The Prime Minister has directed 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.

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

"Sad to learn of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's death. May Allah bless the departed soul eternal peace at Heaven-Amen", the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations said in a message.

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PM Imran Khan, COAS, Zardari offer condolences to Sharif family