Kulsoom Nawaz passes away


Salim Ahmed


Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, passed away in London on Tuesday after a months-long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.
PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb told media that arrangements were being made to bring her body back to Pakistan for burial.
The burial of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of three-time PM Nawaz Sharif, who is in Adiala Jail after conviction from an accountability court in a reference, is expected on Friday, sources said.
The Sharif family has confirmed that Begum Kulsoom’s body will be brought back to Pakistan and she will be laid to rest at Jati Umra in Lahore. Her namaz-e-janza will be participated by a large number of people hailing from different walks of life and workers of the PML-N from across the country. Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (Retd.) Safdar are set to be granted parole for Begum Kulsoom’s funeral and burial. Begum Kulsoom is survived by her husband and four children Maryam, Asma, Hassan and Hussain.
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif has termed demise of Kulsoom Nawaz—better half of party’s supremo Nawaz Sharif—a great loss for family. Shahbaz stated he would depart to London on first available flight. “Nawaz Sharif had always consulted Kulsoom Nawaz during his tough hours. She [read Kulsoom Nawaz] challenged dictatorship courageously”, stated Shahbaz while adding at the same time late Kulsoom’s affiliation with democracy was proven and time-tested. He added nation will always remember services of Kulsoom Nawaz for democracy.
Moreover, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has suspended all political activities for three days after death of Kulsoom Nawaz in London. The PML-N leader Khawaja Imran Nazir termed former first lady a brave woman and stated she played vital role in reshaping the political landscape of the country. He said that dead body of Kulsoom Nawaz will be shifted to Pakistan in two to three days. He demanded Nawaz Sharif be given at least one-week parole.
Begum Kulsoom was under treatment at London’s Harley Street Clinic since June 2017. She was placed on life support last night as her health deteriorated. She was diagnosed with lymphoma (throat) cancer in August 2017.
Born in 1950, Kulsoom Nawaz was the granddaughter of the world-renowned weight-lifter Ghulam Muhammad, known locally as ‘Gaama Pahelwan.’
Kulsoom received her early education from Lahore’s Madrasa-Tul-Banat and later enrolled at the Lady Griffin High School.
For her undergraduate, she attended the Former Christian College in Lahore, and then completed master in Urdu at the Punjab University. She was studying when she married Nawaz Sharif in 1971. She remained as Pakistan’s first lady thrice from 1990-93, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.
In September 2017, Kulsoom won the by-election from NA-120 Lahore. Begum Nawaz was under treatment at this time and her campaign was run by Maryam Nawaz. Begum Kulsoom Nawaz entered politics following the end of Nawaz’s send term as prime minister. She became politically active for the release of her husband imprisoned by Gen. Pervez Musharraf. She rallied support for Sharif when politicians from the PML-N were being arrested in pre-dawn raids.

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