Video of Nawaz Sharifs last meeting with Kulsoom Nawaz

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2018

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, the wife of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, died in London today. She served as the second Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president from 1999 to 2002.

Sharif's wife was diagnosed with lymphoma (throat) cancer in August 2017, and since then she was receiving treatment.

Kulsoom's political struggle against Gen (r) Musharraf's dictatorship was also acknowledged by now Prime Minister Imran Khan during a jalsa held past year (30th April) in Karachi.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif with Begum Kulsoom.

In her absence, Maryam ran her campaign.

Sharif, three-time prime minister, is now serving a 10-year jail term in Pakistan following his conviction by a court on corruption charges.

Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also extended his condolences "to the bereaved family on [the] sad demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz".

Leaders from across the political spectrum in Pakistan sent in their best wishes for Kulsoom during the length of her illness.

She is survived by her husband and their four children. "It was Begum Kulsoom who broke the family's long-held tradition of not allowing women to foray into politics".

"She fought against cancer with a lot of courage", Farouq added.

With her husband jailed by General Pervez Musharraf, she broke through a police barricade set up around her home in Lahore in July 2000 in an attempt to prevent her from leading a public rally. A pivotal member of the PML-N, Kulsoom ensured the party remained active in testing times.

"Even now, when he was disqualified and his NA-120 Lahore seat was left vacant and she stood for elections, it was unfortunate that she was unable to appear in the assembly and take oath as a parliamentarian; yet it can be said that she was a member of parliament for more than a year".

She had stood by Nawaz Sharif during his entire political career since the late 1970s, and was understood to have advised him on various matters.

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