Kulsoom Nawaz, former first lady dies in London: Family sources

Kulsoom Nawaz, former first lady dies in London: Family sources

LONDON – Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif died on Tuesday in London, weeks after a cardiac arrest put her to Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The death of Kulsoom Nawaz was confirmed by her son Hassan and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz president, Shehbaz Sharif.

The former first lady was rushed to Harley Street Clinic late Monday after her health deteriorated.

Begum Kulsoom travelled to the British capital city in August last year, where she was diagnosed with Lymphoma, prompting Sharif family members to get her admitted to the upscale health facility.

The former first lady, who contested elections from NA-120 Lahore last year, was shifted to the intensive care unit at a UK hospital from the emergency unit after her condition deteriorated ahead of Eid ul Fitr. Nawaz Sharif consoles Kulsoom Nawaz in British hospital

Currently, she was admitted to the Harley Street Clinic in London after she suffered a cardiac arrest; she could not regain consciousness for an extended period of time despite being under strict surveillance.

Many political leaders including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan had responded to a request made by Maryam Nawaz, leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), for prayers.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his wife Kulsoom Nawaz celebrated their 47 years of marriage in April, with their daughter Maryam Nawaz sharing the pictures of the occasion.

Born into a Kashmiri family in Lahore in 1950, Kulsoom Nawaz attended Islamia College and Forman Christian College University for her graduation. She was married to Nawaz Sharif, with whom she has four children: Maryam, Asma, Hassan and Hussain.

Kulsoom also served as the President of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) after military dictator put Nawaz in exile by a bloodless coup but generally she preferred to avoid media limelight. Kulsoom Nawaz gives piece of cake to Nawaz Sharif on his birthday

She also won the NA-120 bye-polls in September last year after overpowering PTI’s Yasin Rashid though she was not able to practically take part in the election campaign for the seat vacated by her husband.

Kulsoom was not able to take oath as a parliamentarian owing to her illness. She was closest to former premier Nawaz Sharif in terms of relation but was not dragged into the Panama Papers controversy that led to the disqualification of her husband.