Begum Kulsoom, wife of former prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, passed away on Tuesday in London after a lengthy battle with cancer, confirmed by her brother-in-law and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif. She is survived by her husband and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.
Begum Kulsoom had been placed on life support earlier today as her health began deteriorating, sources at London’s Harley Street Clinic had told GeoNews.
Begum Kulsoom’s health began deteriorating last night as she had developed a lung problem again, Geo had reported.
میری بھابھی اور میاں نواز شریف صاحب کی اہلیہ بیگم کلثوم نواز اب ہم میں نہیں رہیں، اللہ تعالٰی انکی مغفرت فرمائے: شہباز شریف
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— PML(N) (@pmln_org) September 11, 2018
She had been diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma in August last year when she underwent multiple surgeries and at least five chemotherapy sessions.
The former PM and his daughter are both currently serving their sentences in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was elected to Lahore’s NA-120 constituencyin a by-poll after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court last year, but left for the United Kingdom before she could begin campaigning for the by-poll.
In her absence, Maryam ran her campaign instead. Due to her illness, Begum Kulsoom was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat.
Begum Kulsoom served as first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.
Born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family, Begum Kulsoom attended Islamia College and graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore. She received a Master’s degree in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970.
She married Nawaz Sharif in 1971, and served as the president of the PML-N from 1999 to 2002, after her husband’s government was dismissed by former president Pervez Musharraf.