Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Wife of Pakistan's jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif dies in London

Wife of Pakistan's jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif dies in London

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, the wife of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, died in London today.

Kulsoom became First Lady of Pakistan for the first time after her husband, Nawaz Sharif, became Prime Minister of Pakistan on 1 November 1990 when his political alliance, Islami Jamhoori Ittehad, won 104 of 207 seats contested in the general election of 1990.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz did not actively participate in politics despite being married to Nawaz Sharif.

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif was diagnosed with lymphoma a year ago.

Nawaz Sharif was in London with Kulsoom earlier this year when the anti-corruption court handed him a 10-year jail term and sentenced his presumed political heir, Maryam, to seven years in prison over the purchase of luxury flats in London in the 1990s. She was the granddaughter of the well-acclaimed wrestler "The Great Gama" who was the best wrestlers in the history of Sub-Continent.

Referring to her mother, Maryam Nawaz had said that she had dauntlessly challenged a usurper when "most men did not".

Conspiracy theories claiming that Nawaz was actually healthy, and that the Sharifs were faking her illness to gain sympathy, swirled in the final weeks of the acrimonious campaign.

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Others speculated on whether Khan's government would allow Sharif or his daughter to return to London to collect Nawaz's body. She then moved to London for medical care.

The deceased leaves behind four children: Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.

She remained attached with her husband during his struggle against Pervez Musharraf and attended various public gatherings. On June 15, she was placed on a ventilator after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Kulsoom Nawaz stood against Musharraf regime when he put her husband behind bars.

The former Pakistani first lady was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma in August previous year and underwent several operations and at least five chemotherapy sessions, reported the Dawn. She was under treatment at London's Harley Street Clinic since July previous year.

She was elected as a member of National Assembly from Lahore in September 2017.

She managed to get away in a vehicle, which was chased by the police for several miles.

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