Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz passes away in London

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Kulsoom Nawaz-Sharif, who battled cancer for more than a year, died after months of being in a coma, the family said. She had married Sharif in April 1971.

The news comes just weeks after Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan with daughter Maryam Nawaz before being arrested on corruption charges.

Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, left, accompanied by his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, arrives at the Tribhuwan Airport to attend the 18th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Both are now serving jail sentence with Maryam's husband Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdarin Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July.

Her husband and daughter, Maryam, are both in jail in Pakistan.

The Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also extended his heartfelt condolence.

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The Musharraf regime eventually allowed Nawaz and Kulsoom Sharif to leave the country, and they spent years in exile until returning in 2007 to contest new elections after Musharraf stepped down in the face of mass protests. The former first lady was diagnosed with lymphoma (throat cancer) in August 2017 after which, she was shifted to London's Harley Street Clinic for treatment. She contested from the NA-120 seat despite her failing health and secured 59,413 votes to defeat Yasmin Rashid of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). "The family has chose to bury Kulsoom Nawaz in Pakistan".

Begum Kulsoom served as first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017. She was diagnosed with lymphoma a year ago.

He has directed the Pakistani High Commission in London to assist in provision of all necessary facilities to the heirs of the deceased.

Referring to her mother, Maryam Nawaz had said that she had dauntlessly challenged a usurper when "most men did not".

Politicians from various political parties and high-level government officials also expressed deep grief over the death. They prayed eternal peace for the departed soul and commiserated with the bereaved family.

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