Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Funeral prayers of Kulsoom Nawaz likely on Friday

Funeral prayers of Kulsoom Nawaz likely on Friday

The funeral prayers of ex-premier Nawaz Sharif's wife, Begum Kulsoom, will be offered at the Regent Park mosque on Thursday after Zuhr and her body will be flown to Lahore after completion of legal formalities.

Former premier Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif. Nawaz Sharif is now serving his 10-year jail term after he was convicted in a corruption case.

An unseen of video of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif bidding farewell to his wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz for the last time has gone viral on social media soon after the death of Pakistan's former first lady in London Tuesday.

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Begum Kulsoom Nawaz will be buried alongside Mian Sharif, her father-in-law, at Jati Umra.

Sources told PTI that Sharif, Maryam and Safdar are being released on parole to attend the funeral.

According to rule 545B of the Punjab Prison Rules 1978, "The provincial government or the District Coordination Officer may permit a well behaved prisoner to participate in the funeral of his blood or other relative of the first degree subject to his safety and security under adequate police escort".

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Ms Kulsoom, who had been battling with lymphoma (throat cancer) for over a year, breathed her last at the London's Harley Street Clinic.

Kulsoom Nawaz passed away in a hospital in London on Tuesday.

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To a question whether her sons - Hasan and Hussain - would return to Lahore to attend her funeral prayer, she said: "No decision has been taken as yet".

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Kulsoom Nawaz had been at her husband's side throughout his decades-long political career, which saw him become prime minister of Pakistan three times while facing military coups, prison and exile. She was also placed under house arrest following Sharif's ouster by Musharraf in 1999. Due to her illness, she was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat.

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