Former Pak PM Nawaz Sharif’s Wife Kulsoom Passes Away in London

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Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, passed away in London on Tuesday after suffering from complications related to cancer. Both are now serving jail sentence with Maryam's husband Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdarin Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July.

National Party leader Hasil Bizenjo prayed that the deceased rests in peace.

She was elected as a member of National Assembly from Lahore in September 2017.

But she was not sworn in as she was already overseas for cancer treatment.

On July 10, the father-daughter duo was sentenced to 10 and seven years in prison, respectively, and arrested a week later after their return to Pakistan from the UK.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif with Begum Kulsoom.

His first term as Prime Minister ended in July 1993.

For years Kulsoom Nawaz stayed out of politics, focusing on the couple's family and home life.

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Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif was diagnosed with lymphoma past year.

She is survived by her husband and their four children.

Her first direct exposure to the harsh political landscape of Pakistan came in October 1999 when her husband's government was toppled and he was imprisoned.

Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari expressed her grief at the news and extended her condolences to the Sharif family, noting that Begum Kulsoom "deserves the nation's respect".

She remained party president until 2002. She was under treatment at London's Harley Street Clinic since July a year ago.

They are now serving jail terms of 10 and seven years, respectively, at Rawalpindi's Adiala jail, as well as being fined $10.5m and $2.6m each.

But some observers pointed out that Kulsoom Nawaz was no political novice. "They had to leave her behind, I don't know what they'll be going through right now".

She showed up at the Election Commission to file her nomination papers, but then suddenly departed for London on the very day she was to reappear at the commission to respond to objections raised on her candidature by rivals. But it soon transpired that she had been diagnosed with lymphoma.

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