Begum Kulsoom, wife of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, dies in London

Begum Kulsoom, wife of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, dies in London

She took out rallies in support for her husband Nawaz Sharif and campaigned for his release when he was put in jail after a coup by General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf in 1999.

Born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family, Kulsoom attended Islamia College and graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore.

"The wife of Mian Nawaz Sharif is no more among us".

Shehbaz added nation will always remember services of Kulsoom Nawaz for democracy. Kulsoom is survived by her husband and four children - Maryam, Hassan, Hussain and Asma.

The three-time former first lady was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma in August past year and had been since then in London where she underwent multiple surgeries.

The prime minister has directed the Pakistan high commission in London to assist in provision of all necessary facilities to the family of the deceased, said an official statement.

She became First Lady of Pakistan for the third time after Nawaz Sharif became Prime Minister of Pakistan when his party, Pakistan Muslim League (N), won the Pakistani general election, 2013.

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Bilawal remarked that Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was a very fearless woman.

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Muhammad Safdar are now serving jail terms in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July.

Former PML-N minister Khurram Dastagir Khan hailed Begum Kulsoom as a "dissenter against dictatorship" and a "courageous Pakistani".

Chief Justice of Pakistan also expressed "deep sorrow and grief" on Begum Kulsoom's demise and said that he "prayed to Almighty Allah to shower His blessings upon the departed soul".

According to her daughter, Maryam Nawaz, Kalsoom "dauntlessly challenged the usurper when a lot of men backed out". She used to always step forward in times of need, when for example, news of someone surfaced who was in a critical medical condition and did not have the means to seek treatment.

Up until her husband's ouster a year ago, Kulsoom Sharif had never been a politician, but she memorably led protests after the 1999 military coup that ended a previous Sharif administration.

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