Begum Kulsoom, wife of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, dies in London

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz dead at 68

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz leaves behind daughters four children, Asma, Maryam, Hasan and Hussain. "May her soul rest in peace", Shehbaz Sharif said in a twitter announcement.

"My sister-in-law and Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz has passed away", he tweeted.

"Her death is a huge loss and I am in shock", he stated. He was sentenced to 10-year jail term by an anti-corruption court in Pakistan.

The government has chose to free Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar on parole so that they can attend the final rites of the former first lady on Friday.

"We have just received a request from the family, and Inshallah we will be granting parole", Information Minister Chaudhry told Reuters.

The newly elected Pakistani government of Imran Khan has chose to extend all help in bringing the mortal remains of Begum Kulsoom from London.

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

The three will be granted parole from the time of Kulsoom's funeral prayers till her burial, Geo TV reported, citing the Interior Ministry sources.

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Crucial to the PML-N, she ensured the party remained functional during the most hard of times.

She was diagnosed with lymphoma (throat) cancer in August 2017. Her family reported a slight improvement in her condition on July 12, a day before Nawaz and Maryam were set to return to Pakistan after an accountability court sentenced them to jail in the Avenfield reference. She was diagnosed with lymphoma previous year.

They paid rich tribute to Kalsoom Nawaz's social and political services, she rendered during his life. Due to her illness, Kulsoom was unable to return and formally take oath as a member of the National Assembly.

Khan termed the former first lady a "brave woman".

"Mrs. Kulsoom Nawaz was a courageous woman", Khan was quoted as saying in the statement.

For her undergraduate studies, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz attended the Forman Christian College and then pursued a Masters degree at the Punjab University.

Kulsoom Nawaz married Nawaz Sharif in 1971 and her husband was prime minister of Pakistan on three occasions - 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.

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