Wife of Pakistan's jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif dies in London

Wife of Pakistan's jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif dies in London

Wife of Pakistan's jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif dies in London

Sources said Nawaz, Maryam and captain Safdar burst into tears as they received the news of death of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed "grief and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family", said the official military spokesman.

FILE PHOTO: Ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, speaks during a news conference at a hotel in London, Britain July 11, 2018. Kulsoom Nawaz is survived by her husband and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.

"Mrs. Kulsoom Nawaz was a courageous woman", Khan was quoted as saying in the statement. She served in the capacity till 2002.

Kulsoom Nawaz-Sharif, who battled cancer for more than a year, died after months of being in a coma, the family said.

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

Mushahidullah Khan said that they would apply for the release of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz from jail to attend the last rites of the deceased.

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

Up until her husband's ouster a year ago, Kulsoom Sharif had never been a politician, but she memorably led protests after the 1999 military coup that ended a previous Sharif administration. According to some party leaders, she also occasionally wrote Mr Sharif's speeches.

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.

In the video shared by journalist Talat Hussain, Nawaz is seen calling out to Begum Kulsoom, asking her to open her eyes. Due to her illness, Kulsoom was unable to return and formally take oath as a member of the National Assembly.

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