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LAHORE: Funeral prayers of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz- wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif- were offered in Lahore’s Sharif Medical City on Friday, media reported.
Funeral prayers will be led by Maulana Tariq Jameel. Following the funeral prayers, Kulsoom Nawaz will be laid to rest in Jati Umra next to the resting place of her father-in-law Mian Sharif and brother-in-law Abbas Sharif.
Kulsoom Nawaz, who passed away on September 11 in London, will be laid to rest near the graves of her father-in-law Mian Sharif and brother-in-law Abbas Sharif at Jati Umra after funeral prayers led by famed religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel.
The funeral prayers will be attended by Sharif family members excluding Begum Kulsoom’s son Hassan and Hussain Nawaz. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and workers will also be in attendance.
Leaders from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) including Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, NA Speaker Asad Qaiser and leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will also attend the funeral prayers of the former first lady.
MQM-P leader and federal minister Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and PkMAP chief Mehmood Khan Azhakzai, Punjab Assembly speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain are also attending the funeral prayers.
A government delegation comprising Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar also reached Sharif family’s Jati Umra residence earlier today to attend the funeral and burial ceremony.
The flight carrying Kulsoom Nawaz’s casket landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore in wee hours on Friday after a short ceremony and funeral prayers in London.
The lady breathed her last at a hospital in London on September 11 after prolonged illness. The political career of the former first lady remains far from any controversy, unlike embroilment of her family members in different cases.
Born into a Kashmiri family in Lahore, she attended Islamia College and Foreman Christian College University for her graduation. Kulsoom was married to Nawaz Sharif, with whom she has four children. Kulsoom Nawaz served as the President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from 1999 to 2002.