Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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 the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif in 1971. He said the former prime minister and his daughter would be freed for 12 hours on the day of the funeral and burial, which is likely to take place in three to four days after the body is flown back home from London. PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif will be proceeding to London to bring Kulsoom's body to Pakistan. "She will be laid to rest in Pakistan", the family confirmed.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar are now serving jail terms in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July. She was diagnosed with lymphoma previous year, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court, which ordered him to face trial in an anti-corruption court.

Mr Butt's family has Kashmiri origins and has deep roots in Lahore city, while Razia Begum hailed from a well-known family of wrestlers from Amritsar, India, who migrated to Lahore in 1947.

She attended Islamia College and graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore before completing her masters in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970.

Kulsoom Sharif was briefly a member of parliament from September 2017 to July 2018 when she won her husband's former seat in a by-election after the Supreme Court disqualified him.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was born in 1950.

She was elected as an MP in 2017 after standing in for Nawaz Sharif. And when he was arrested by the Musharraf regime in the 1999 coup, she spearheaded the campaign for his release. However, she was soon forced to move to London for treatment, and was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat. Maryam had said in the past that her mother "dauntlessly challenged the usurper (Pervez Musharraf) when a lot of men backed out".

But some observers pointed out that Kulsoom Nawaz was no political novice.

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

The Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also extended his heartfelt condolence.

Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Najam Sethi also expressed his grief. "May Allah bless the departed soul eternal peace at Heaven-Amen", COAS", he tweeted.

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