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Begum Kulsoom Nawaz dies in London

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif passed away in London on Tuesday.

Hasan Nawaz son of Nawaz Sharif and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif confirmed the death of Kulsoom Nawaz.

The former first lady was rushed to Harley Street Clinic late Monday after her health deteriorated.

Last year in August, Begum Kulsoom traveled to London, where she was diagnosed with Lymphoma, prompting Sharif family members to get her admitted in the upscale health facility.

The former first lady, who contested elections from NA-120 Lahore last year, was shifted to the intensive care unit at a UK hospital from the emergency unit after her condition deteriorated ahead of Eid ul Fitr.

Currently, she was admitted to the Harley Street Clinic in London after she suffered a cardiac arrest; she could not regain consciousness for an extended period of time despite being under strict surveillance.

Many political leaders including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan had responded to a request made by Maryam Nawaz, leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), for prayers.

Born into a Kashmiri family in Lahore in 1950, Kulsoom Nawaz attended Islamia College and Forman Christian College University for her graduation. She was married to Nawaz Sharif, with whom she has four children: Maryam, Asma, Hassan and Hussain.

Kulsoom also served as the President of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) after military dictator put Nawaz in exile by a bloodless coup but generally she preferred to avoid media limelight.

She also won the NA-120 by-polls in September last year after overpowering PTI’s Yasin Rashid though she was not able to practically take part in the election campaign for the seat vacated by her husband.

Kulsoom was not able to take oath as a parliamentarian owing to her illness. She was closest to former premier Nawaz Sharif in terms of relation but was not dragged into the Panama Papers controversy that led to the disqualification of her husband.

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