Former Pak PM Nawaz Sharif’s Wife Kulsoom Passes Away in London

Sources at Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, where Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, Maryam, and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar, have been incarcerated for corruption, said the trio has been informed about Kulsoom's demise.

Together, the couple had four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.

According to reports, her health deteriorated on Monday night and she was placed on life support.

But after Sharif was first imprisoned following a military coup in 1999, Kulsoom Nawaz stepped into the limelight, Farouq said.

Nawaz, 68, who was first lady of Pakistan three times, was diagnosed with lymphoma in August past year and had been receiving treatment at a private hospital in London for months.

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 a year ago, but left for the United Kingdom before she could begin campaigning for the by-poll.

She was elected as an MP in 2017 after standing in for Nawaz Sharif. Due to her illness, Kulsoom was unable to return and formally take oath as a member of the National Assembly.

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For her undergraduate studies, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz attended the Forman Christian College and then pursued a Masters degree at the Punjab University.

Nawaz, who had been receiving treatment for cancer since 2017, died on Tuesday, Shehbaz Sharif, her husband's younger brother and head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party in his absence, said on Twitter.

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

Both mother and daughter were also placed under house arrest following Nawaz's dismissal by Musharraf. "My condolences and prayers go to the Sharif family", the premier wrote in a tweet.

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

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.

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

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