The Namaz-e-Janaza (Funeral prayer) of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has been offered in London’s Regent s Park mosque.
As per details garnered, family members and prominent political figures including Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, former Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif, former finance minister Ishaq Dar and Ch Nisar attended the last rituals of former first lady.
Nawaz oversees arrangements for Kulsoom s funeral in Lahore
On the other hand, Nawaz Sharif is overseeing arrangements for Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral in Lahore.
Earlier today, ousted premier paid visit to Sharif Medical City to oversee and finalized arrangements for his late wife’s last rites.
PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb told media Begum Kulsoom s funeral in Lahore would be held at Sharif Medical city adjacent to the family s Jati Umra residence on Friday at 5pm.
A PIA flight carrying the casket will fly from Heathrow airport at 10pm today. It will land in Pakistan on Friday at 6am after which a second funeral prayer will be held at Jati Umra in the evening. Pakistan High Commission in London has issued NOC in this regard.
Kulsoom will be laid to rest on the same day beside the grave of her father-in-law Mian Sharif at Jati Umra.
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, passed away at London’s Harley Street Clinic on Tuesday after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Kulsoom was born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family. She attended Islamia College and graduated from Forman Christian College in Lahore. She also received a Master’s degree in Urdu from the University of the Punjab in 1970.
She married Nawaz Sharif in 1971, and served as the president of the PML-N from 1999 to 2002.
Kulsoom had remained the first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.
After the disqualification of Sharif from Supreme Court last year, Kulsoom Nawaz was given party ticket to contest by-election from NA-120 while she was under treatment in London. Kulsoom was elected to Lahore’s NA-120 constituency in a by-poll against Dr Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) among other candidates. However; she was unable to return due to her illness.
Her election campaign was run by her daughter, Maryam Nawaz.