Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral prayers in London, burial on Friday in Pakistan

September 13, 2018

 

Former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s body has been sent to Pakistan after her funeral prayers were offered at at Regent’s Park mosque in London on Thursday.

It is expected that the bier will arrive in Jati Umra Friday at 6am. She is to be buried next to her father-in-law, Mian Sharif.

Beside her sons Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, former Punjab chief minister and her brother-in-law Shehbaz Sharif and other family members, hundreds of people attended the funeral.

Estranged PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also attended the funeral.

Afterwards, PML-N workers started shouting slogans, “Farewell mother of democracy, Farewell mother of democracy.”

Kulsoom Nawaz’s body will now be brought to Pakistan where her funeral prayers will be offered again at the Sharif Medical Complex in Raiwind. She will be buried in Jati Umra.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz passed away at the Harley Street Clinic in London on Tuesday.

Last year, she underwent check-ups in London, after which doctors diagnosed her with throat cancer. Her daughter Maryam Nawaz later confirmed on Twitter that her mother had been 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 first lady thrice, 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 by her husband’s side.

“She was a brave lady,” Siddiqul Farouq, a party loyalist, told AFP, describing her as well-educated and dignified.

For years she 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 Sharif 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 said.