Modi expresses grief over Kulsoom Nawaz's death

12 September, 2018, 04:01 | Author: Carlos George
  • Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz passes away in London

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

Kulsoom Nawaz passed away on Tuesday after a prolonged illness.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were arrested on July 14 in Lahore in connection with a corruption scandal related to offshore properties.

"The Pakistan High Commission in the United Kingdom has been directed to provide all possible assistance to facilitate the heirs of Mrs. Kulsoom Nawaz", his office said in a statement.

Shehbaz Sharif will leave for London today to get the dead body.

Although her public role - particularly with regards to Pakistan's often bitter domestic politics - was limited, she was known to exercise a certain degree of quiet power within the PML-N party.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) 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.

She would not take to politics again until past year, after her husband - now prime minister again - was disqualified by the Supreme Court from holding a public office.

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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.

Nawaz and Begum Kulsoom Nawaz married in 1971 and had four children; Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.

She was born into a Kashmiri family in Punjab and graduated from Forman Christian College.

In her absence, Maryam ran her campaign. As a result, the family welcomed the military coup of 1977 which toppled Mr Bhutto's government and sent him to the gallows two years later following a controversial trial.

There was some initial criticism of the PML-N leadership by those who saw the trip overseas as evidence the party was taking its voters for granted. Maryam had said in the past that her mother "dauntlessly challenged the usurper (Pervez Musharraf) when a lot of men backed out".

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

Politicians from various political parties and high-level government officials also expressed deep grief over the death.

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