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Nawaz Sharif's final goodbye to Begum Kulsoom

Nawaz Sharif's final goodbye to Begum Kulsoom

President Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday departed for London to bring back Begum Kulsoom's body.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Arif Alvi, army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, and political leaders including political rival former president Asif Zardari expressed their sorrow over Nawaz's death and conveyed their condolences to the family.

Her body has been moved to a mortuary near the Regent Park mosque.

Nawaz, Maryam and his son-in-law Captain (retd) Mohammad Safdar have been released on 12-hour parole to attend Begum Kulsoom's funeral.

She said the Punjab government did not entertain Shahbaz Sharif's request for five days and only granted their release for 12 hours.

Later in the evening, family sources confirmed to the media that Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's funeral prayers would be offered at the Regent Park mosque on Thursday after Zuhr and her body would be flown to Lahore by a PIA flight the same evening after completion of legal formalities involving death certificate from the hospital and relevant permission from the coroner allowing the family to take the body out of the UK.

"Since Kulsoom' body is scheduled to arrive here on Friday there is no point of not extending the parole period".

Ahead of his departure from London, Sharif had said his wife finally opened her eyes for a few seconds - something he had revealed a day prior that he wished for.

Kulsoom Nawaz breathed her last at the age of 68 at the Harley Street Clinic, months after battling Lymphoma, the cancer of the Lymph nodes.

Meanwhile, it is yet to be decided whether Hassan and Hussain would return to attend the funeral prayers of their mother in Lahore.

It is likely that both sons may not return to Pakistan as they have been declared absconders by an accountability court in the off-shore properties case.

Nawaz was suffering from throat cancer and she underwent surgery at a hospital past year. He said that her recovery not only helped the doctors to remove the ventilator but also allowed her to be shifted to a room.

In the video, a visibly emotional Nawaz Sharif can be seen talking to his unconscious wife in a London hospital before his return to Pakistan on July 12 to serve his 11-year jail term. The route from the airport to the house was also manned by police.

She led defiant, lonely protests against the Musharraf regime to get her husband freed from prison.

"We announce with pain, sorrow and grief that Kulsoom Nawaz is no more among us", she said. Due to her illness, she was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat.

From her maternal side, she was granddaughter of famous wrestler of the sub-continent Gama Pehlwan. She graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore and received a Master's degree in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970.


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