Former first lady of Pakistan Kulsoom Nawaz passed away at the Harley Street Clinic in London on Tuesday.
Her son Hassan Nawaz confirmed the news to SAMAA TV. He said that her body will be sent to Lahore.
It was reported that she was shifted to the ventilator once again in the morning.
Her body was taken to the Regent Park Mosque. Ishaq Dar, a close aide of Nawaz Sharif, said that the day and time of Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral will be decided by her children.
“The body will be brought back on Friday, which is when the funeral will also be held,” said PML-N leader Mushahidullah Khan.
Rana Sanaullah, another party leader, said that Kulsoom Nawaz will be laid to rest in Sharif’s hometown of Raiwind.
Shehbaz met Nawaz at Adiala jail
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif met his brother Nawaz Sharif at Adiala Jail and it was decided that Shehbaz would take the first available flight to London and bring his sister-in-law’s body back to Pakistan.
Kusloom Nawaz was a courageous woman: PM Khan
Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed sorrow and grief over Kulsoom Nawaz’s demise, PTI Senator Faisal Javed said.
“She was a brave woman,” he said.
Senator Javed said that the PM has ordered the Pakistani High Commission in London to “provide the family all the necessary facilities and cooperation”.
“She was a courageous woman of great dignity and confronted her disease with fortitude,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said. “My condolences and prayers go to the Sharif family.”
Last year, Kulsoom Nawaz underwent medical check-ups in London, after which doctors diagnosed her with throat cancer. Her daughter Maryam Nawaz later confirmed on Twitter that her mother was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes.
Kulsoom Nawaz was born on March 29, 1950.
She was the granddaughter of Rustam Zaman, famously known as Gama Pehalwan. The family had migrated from Amritsar during Partition.
Kulsoom graduated from Islamia College in 1970. A year later on April 4, she was married to Nawaz Sharif.
Nawaz became a politician in the 1980s and since then, Begum Kulsoom has been an important voice in the PML-N.
She became the first lady three times, in 1990, 1997 and 2013. She was a supportive partner through thick and thin. Be it election campaigns or the trying times of exile, she was always on her husband’s side.
“She was a brave lady,” Siddiqul Farouq, a stalwart party loyalist, told AFP, describing her as well-educated and dignified.
For years Nawaz stayed out of politics, focusing on the couple’s family and home life. Together they had four children: Maryam Nawaz, Asma Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, and Hassan Nawaz.
But after Nawaz was first imprisoned following a military coup in 1999, Kulsoom Nawaz stepped into the limelight, Farouq said.
“She told her father-in-law, ‘Dad, I have to go out,’ and he replied, ‘Daughter, you must go,'” he recounted.