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

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

She married Nawaz Sharif in April 1971.

Party leader Khawaja Imran Nazeer, speaking to the media in Lahore, said Begum Kulsoom may be laid to rest in the family home at Raiwind, but clarified that all decisions will be finalised only after consultation between family members.

"An application will be submitted to the jail authorities seeking the release of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt. (Retd.) Mohammed Safdar, and we are sure that they will attend the funeral of Kulsoom Nawaz", he told Arab News.

"The Pakistan High Commission in the United Kingdom has been directed to provide all possible assistance to facilitate the heirs of Mrs. Kulsoom Nawaz", his office said in a statement.

The Sharif family has made a decision to bring back her body to Pakistan from London.

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

They are now serving jail terms of 10 and seven years, respectively, at Rawalpindi's Adiala jail, as well as being fined $10.5m and $2.6m each.

Begum Kulsoom was elected to Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a by-poll after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court a year ago, but left for the United Kingdom before she could begin campaigning for the by-poll.

Born into a Kashmiri family in Punjab, she graduated from Forman Christian College University.

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The funeral prayers of Pakistan's former first lady will be offered at the Regent's Park mosque in central London.

Her husband and daughter, Maryam, are both in jail in Pakistan.

Since then, Nawaz and Maryam have been making regular making trips to the United Kingdom to visit Kulsoom. Her daughter Maryam ran her election campaign in her absence. However, she was soon forced to move to London for treatment, and was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat.

Over the last 30 years, she had stood by her husband and advised him on various government affairs. She led defiant, lonely protests against the Musharraf regime to get her husband freed from prison.

The Prime Minister has directed Pakistani High Commission in London to assist in provision of all necessary facilities to the heirs of the deceased.

There was some initial criticism of the PML-N leadership by those who saw the trip overseas as evidence the party was taking its voters for granted. "May God bless her soul".

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

Politicians from various political parties and high-level government officials also expressed deep grief over the death.


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