Kulsoom Nawaz: Ex-Pakistan PM's wife dies in London

Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz passes away in London

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader and barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said on Tuesday that he apologised for his earlier remarks pertaining to Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's illness, hours after the former first lady breathed her last at a London hospital.

"My sister-in-law and wife of Mian Nawaz Sharif, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, has passed away".

Her husband and former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, along with her daughter Maryam Nawaz is serving a jail sentence at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

The former first lady of Pakistan is survived by her husband Nawaz Sharif and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz did not actively participate in politics despite being married to Nawaz Sharif.

Jailed ex-premier Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz are now in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi, serving their sentences in the Avenfield corruption case; and were handed jail sentences of 10 years and seven years respectively. In the video, Nawaz Sharif is heard saying, "Kulsoom, please open your eyes..."

The news was confirmed by PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif.

The former first lady had been undergoing cancer treatment at a Harley Street clinic in London since August a year ago after she was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma. She was under treatment at London's Harley Street Clinic since July past year.

In a separate statement, Imran commiserated with family of the deceased and directed to provide all facilities to the family and heirs of Kulsoom Nawaz as per the law.

Begum Kulsoom served as first lady of Pakistan in her husband's three non-consecutive terms as prime minister from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.

Arif Alvi condoled the bereaved family. "May Allah bless the departed soul eternal peace at Heaven-Amen", the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations said in a message.

Politicians from various political parties and high-level government officials also expressed deep grief over the death. Her daughter Maryam ran her election campaign in her absence.

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