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LONDON: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying the body of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife, Begum Kulsoom, will depart from London to Lahore tonight.
The flight is scheduled to depart from Heathrow Airport for Lahore at 11:00pm.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif arrived London last night to bring back Begum Kulsoom’s body to Lahore for burial at their Jati Umra residence on Friday during namaz-e-Asr.
Nawaz’s daughter Asma and two daughters of his son, Hussain Nawaz, coupled with other kins will bring back the corpse accompanied with Shehbaz.
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— PML(N) (@pmln_org) September 12, 2018
The former premier’s sons, Hassan and Hussain, will not travel to Pakistan for their mother’s funeral.
Begum Kulsoom’s funeral prayers of will be offered at the Regent Park mosque on Thursday during Zuhr prayers after which her body will be commuted to Lahore.
Her body has been moved to a mortuary near the Regent Park mosque.
Upon reaching Pakistan, the funeral prayers of the former first lady will be offered on Friday at Sharif Medical City in Jati Umra, a spokesperson for PML-N said.
The funeral prayers will be offered at 5pm on Friday, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said.
The Sharif family has said that the former premier’s wife will be laid to rest on Friday in Jati Umra.
The legal formalities have been completed and the family has received a death certificate issued by the Harley Street Clinic, where Begum Kulsoom died on Tuesday.
They have also received the “out-of-England” letter has also been received from the coroner’s court, paving the way for the departure of her body for Lahore on Thursday evening.
Last night, when Nawaz’s brother and PML-N leader Shahbaz reached London, Nawaz’s son Hussain hugged him and broke down into tears uncontrollably.