Aitzaz apologises for remarks on Begum Kulsoom’s illness following her demise

Swaraj condoles death of ex Pak PM Nawaz Sharif

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz passed away at a hospital in London on Tuesday, 11 September, after a prolonged battle with cancer, reported ANI.

Kulsoom Nawaz spent these years in the background, as the daughter-in-law of a super-rich industrial family with vast political influence.

It is pertinent to note that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her spouse Safdar, were convicted by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference case on July 6.

Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, left, accompanied by his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, arrives at the Tribhuwan Airport to attend the 18th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam were informed about the tragedy by authorities at the Adiala Jail where the two, along with Maryam's husband Captain (r) Muhammad Safdar, are now serving their sentences in the Avenfield illegal assets reference.

Pakistan People Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari also condoled with the Sharif family.

Crucial to the PML-N, she ensured the party remained functional during the most hard of times. The former first lady was diagnosed with lymphoma (throat cancer) in August 2017 after which, she was shifted to London's Harley Street Clinic for treatment.

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"Yes, the death of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is confirmed", Maryam Aurangzeb, a spokesperson of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) told AFP.

At that time, he had said that he was leaving behind his ailing wife in Allah's protection and returning to Pakistan regardless of whether he was "taken to prison or gallows".

The prime minister has directed the Pakistan high commission in London to assist in provision of all necessary facilities to the family of the deceased, said an official statement. She had the honour of serving as the first lady thrice in her lifetime.

Born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family, Begum Kulsoom was the granddaughter of renowned wrestler Ghulam Muhammad Bakhsh, known locally as 'Gaama Pahelwan'.

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. "May God bless her soul".

"COAS expresses his grief and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family on the sad demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz".

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