London/Islamabad: Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of Pakistan’s jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, died on Tuesday in London after a protracted battle with throat cancer.
Kulsoom, who was under treatment at London’s Harley Street Clinic since June 2014, was placed on life support earlier on Tuesday after her health deteriorated, Geo TV reported. The health of the 68-year-old former first lady began deteriorating on Monday night as she had developed a lung problem again, the channel said.
Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar are currently serving jail terms in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July.
The trio will be granted parole to attend the funeral of Begum Kulsoom, Geo TV reported.
She was born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family. She graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore and received a Master’s degree in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970.
From her maternal side, she was granddaughter of famous wrestler of the sub-continent Gama Pehlwan.
Kulsoom married Sharif in April 1971 and they have four children – Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.
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