Demise of a decent lady

THE sentiments expressed and homage paid both by sympathisers and opponents to the former first lady – Begum Kulsoom Nawaz – who expired in a hospital in London after a protracted illness, made it clear in what esteem she was held by the people. There is unanimity of view that Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was a decent, dignified, courageous and one of the trustees of eastern traditions and values.
She actively participated in politics and led the party from the front during one of the trying periods of existence but upheld principles, decency and never used any abusive or harsh language against any rival. She was symbol of nobility and maintained calm and composure during odd times. Her departure is personal loss to Mian Nawaz Sharif and her children besides loss of a leader by PML (N) and a leading political personality by the country. It is also unfortunate that her spouse Mian Nawaz Sharif and daughter were deprived of the opportunity by circumstances to spend time with her while she died in London. Imprisonment of MNS and Maryam Nawaz has been uncalled for and inordinate delay in their release on bail made it impossible for them to visit her in London. Similarly, her two sons Hassan and Hussain have been declared proclaimed absconder, therefore, they are unlikely to attend the funeral.
It is all the more regrettable that even her ailment was made topic of taunts with some elements alleging that MNS and Maryam were doing politics over her sickness and NAB questioned authenticity of medical certificates presented by MNS before accountability court. Someone has aptly tweeted that Kulsoom belonged to a society where one has to embrace death to give proof of his/her illness. Reaction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, other PTI leaders and political leadership was, of course, in accordance with our national traditions. We hope forthright willingness of the government to extend all possible cooperation to Sharif family would help calm down things to some extent.

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