Ex-PM Nawaz, daughter Maryam released on parole for Begum Kulsooms funeral

Ex-PM Nawaz, daughter Maryam released on parole for Begum Kulsooms funeral

She had married Sharif in April 1971.

Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, left, accompanied by his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, arrives at the Tribhuwan Airport to attend the 18th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, November 25, 2014. 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.

Shehbaz Sharif will leave for London today to get the dead body.

Jailed ex-premier Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz are now in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi, serving their sentences in the Avenfield corruption case; and were handed jail sentences of 10 years and seven years respectively.

Begum Kulsoom was elected to Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a by-poll after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court past year, but left for the United Kingdom before she could begin campaigning for the by-poll. In a statement, he said all facilities will be provided to the family and heirs of Kulsoom as per law.

For her undergraduate studies, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz attended the Forman Christian College and then pursued a Masters degree at the Punjab University.

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Begum Kulsoom served as first lady of Pakistan in her husband's three non-consecutive terms as prime minister from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.

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. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison, while Maryam was imprisoned for seven years.

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif died after months in a coma. And when he was arrested by the Musharraf regime in the 1999 coup, she spearheaded the campaign for his release.

But some observers pointed out that Kulsoom Nawaz was no political novice. Due to her illness, Begum Kulsoom was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat.

PML-N leaders said her funeral will be held in Pakistan. He also directed the Pakistani High Commission in London to help the family.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed "grief and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family", said the official military spokesman.

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