Suffering from throat cancer former first lady of Pakistan Kulsoom Sharif no more
The Hush Post: Begum Kulsoom, wife of Nawaz Sharif, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan died today in London.
She was suffering from cancer.
Kulsoom was under treatment at London’s Harley Street Clinic since June 2014. More recently, she was on a life support system. The health of Kulsoom began to deteriorate on Monday night as she developed a lung problem again.
Sharif’s brother and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Shehbaz Sharif confirmed her death in a tweet. “My sister-in-law and the wife of Nawaz Sharif sahib is no more amongst us. May God bless her soul,” he tweeted in Urdu.
Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar are currently serving jail terms in Rawalpindi. They have been convicted by an accountability court in a case of corruption in July.
The Sharif family has decided to bring back Kulsoom’s body to Pakistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has condoled the death of Kulsoom. In a statement, the prime minister said all facilities will be provided to the family and heirs of Kulsoom as per law.
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, the statement said.
Army Chief Gen. Qamar Jawed Bajwa also expressed grief over Kulsoom’s death and extended condolences to her family.
Kulsoom served as the first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.
Came from Kashmiri family & was grand-daughter of the famous Gama Pehalwan
Born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family, Kulsoom graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore and received a Master’s degree in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970.
From her maternal side, Kulsoom was grand-daughter of famous wrestler of the sub-continent Gama Pehlwan.
Kulsoom married Sharif in April 1971. She is survived by her husband and four children – Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.