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Nawaz Sharif’s Wife Kulsoom Nawaz Laid To Rest In Lahore, Thousands Attend Funeral



An archive photo of the former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with his wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz

Lahore:

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of the former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was buried Friday as thousands of people, prominent politicians and PML-N supporters participated in his funeral prayers in Lahore.

Kulsoom, who died Tuesday in a London hospital after a year-long battle with throat cancer, was buried in the Sharif family's Jati Umra residence here next to the graves of his father-in-law Mian Sharif and brother-in-law Abbas Sharif.

His funeral prayers, led by the famous religious Tariq Jameel, were offered in land at the Sharif Medical City in Lahore, after which his body was transported to Jati Umra in high security.

Nawaz Sharif and other members of the Sharif family exclude the two 68-year-old sons of Kulsoom, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz.

A human protective chain formed around Sharif that t funeral prayers could be offered.

A massive crowd of thousands of prominent politicians, leaders of the Muslim League of Pakistan-Nawaz (PML-N) and workers participated in the funeral prayers.

PMLN workers were heard singing "mother of democracy" when her coffin was brought for funeral prayers.

His body was taken to the city from London on a flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) today.

Shehbaz Sharif, the deceased brother of the late law and president of the Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), together with Kulsoom Asma's daughter, nephew Zayd Hussain Sharif (son of Hussain Nawaz) and 1

1 other family members accompanied the body from London to Lahore.

Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, the sons of Begum Kulsoom, did not return home for their mother's funeral. Both were declared missing by a court of responsibility in cases of corruption.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) M Safdar, who is currently serving prison sentences in the prison of Adiala in Rawalpindi after being convicted by a court of responsibility in a corruption case in July, were released free for the funeral of Kulsoom.

The Punjab Department issued a notification announcing an extension of the sentence already granted to Sharif for another five days – 12 September (16:00) to 17 September (16:00).

On Thursday, hundreds of people participated in Kulsoom's funeral prayers at the London Regent Park Mosque. They chanted slogans of "we salute the mother of democracy".

The funeral prayers were attended by his sons Hassan and Hussain, by his brother-in-law Shehbaz Sharif, by former ministers Chaudhry Nisar and Ishaq Dar among others.


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