LONDON – Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, died at the age of 68 on Tuesday in London, months after a cardiac arrest put her to Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The death of Kulsoom Nawaz was confirmed by her son Hassan and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz president, Shehbaz Sharif.
میری بھابھی اور میاں نواز شریف صاحب کی اہلیہ بیگم کلثوم نواز اب ہم میں نہیں رہیں، اللہ تعالٰی انکی مغفرت فرمائے: شہباز شریف
ﺇﻧَّﺎﻟِﻠّٰﻪ ﻭﺇﻧَّﺎﺇﻟَﻴْﻪِ ﺭَﺍﺟِﻌُﻮْﻥ
— PML(N) (@pmln_org) September 11, 2018
Sharifs Final Interaction with Cancer-suffering Kulsoom
A video uploaded by senior journalist Tallat Hussain shows former premier Nawaz Sharif trying to interact with Kulsoom Nawaz.
Unseen video of Nawaz engaging with Kulsoom before returning to Pakistan pic.twitter.com/WsGwnNgjIx
— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) September 11, 2018
In the video, that apparently dates back to July when Sharif was heading back to Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif can be seen struggling to talk to Kulsoom Nawaz, however, there was no response from the former first lady.
PM Imran Khan Expresses Sorrow
Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.
Sad to learn of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's death. She was a courageous woman of great dignity and confronted her disease with fortitude. My condolences and prayers go to the Sharif family.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 11, 2018
According to a statement issued by the PM Office, all the facilities within the legal parameters would be provided to the Sharif family.
The High Commissioner in London has also been instructed by the government to extend all the facilities to the members of the Sharif family, added the statement.
Kulsoom Nawaz Diagnosed With Cancer
The former first lady was rushed to Harley Street Clinic late Monday after her health deteriorated, however, she breathed her last a few hours ago.
Earlier, last year, Begum Kulsoom travelled to the British capital city where she was diagnosed with Lymphoma, prompting Sharif family members to get her admitted to the upscale health facility.
The former first lady, who contested elections from NA-120 Lahore last year, was shifted to the intensive care unit at a UK hospital from the emergency unit after her condition deteriorated ahead of Eid ul Fitr.
Currently, she was admitted to the Harley Street Clinic in London after she suffered a cardiac arrest; she could not regain consciousness for an extended period of time despite being under strict surveillance.
Many political leaders including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan had responded to a request made by Maryam Nawaz, leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), for prayers.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his wife Kulsoom Nawaz celebrated their 47 years of marriage in April, with their daughter Maryam Nawaz sharing the pictures of the occasion.
My parents celebrated their 47th year of togetherness Masha'Allah. Together or far apart, two hearts beat as one. In sickness & in health🤝❤️ pic.twitter.com/EHTmjbfcY4
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) April 3, 2018
Kulsoom Nawaz – A Profile
Born into a Kashmiri family in Lahore in 1950, Kulsoom Nawaz attended Islamia College and Forman Christian College University for her graduation. Kulsoom completed her master’s in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970 and married Nawaz Sharif the year after.
The couple has four children: Maryam, Asma, Hassan and Hussain.
Kulsoom also served as the President of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) after military dictator put Nawaz in exile by a bloodless coup in 1999 but generally she preferred to avoid media limelight.
She also won the NA-120 bye-polls in September last year after overpowering PTI’s Yasmin Rashid though she was not able to practically take part in the election campaign for the seat vacated by her husband.
Kulsoom was not able to take oath as a parliamentarian owing to her illness. She was closest to former premier Nawaz Sharif in terms of relation but was not dragged into the Panama Papers controversy that led to the disqualification of her husband.
Kulsoom’s maternal grandfather Ghulam Mohammad Baksh, better known by The Great Gama, is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
Begum Kulsoom served as first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.
Currently, her husband Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz are imprisoned in the Adiala jail in Pakistan.
Condolences Pour In
Political leaders and media veterans expressed their condolences on the demise of the former first lady.
We are Deeply saddened to hear the news of Kulsoom Nawaz's passing.
Our sincere condolences and prayers. May her soul rest in peace. #KalsoomNawaz
— Tehreek-e-Insaf (@InsafPK) September 11, 2018
اناللہ وانا الیہ راجعون ۔ ۔ ۔ بیگم کلثوم نواز لندن میں انتقال کر گئیں، پروردگار انہیں جوارِ رحمت میں جگہ عطاء کرے اور شریف فیملی کو صبر جمیل عطا فرمائے، بیگم کلثوم نواز صاحبہ کی جمہوریت کے لیے خدمات ہمیشہ یاد رکھی جائیں گی
— Mujibur Rahman Shami (@mujibshami1) September 11, 2018
My condolences on the sad demise of Begum Kulsoom , she was undoubtedly a nice lady , may Allah swt bless her with Jannah Ameen
— Abrar Ul Haq (@AbrarUlHaqPK) September 11, 2018
بیگم کلثوم نواز کی وفات پر گہرے دکھ کا اظہار
اللہ تعالیٰ مرحومہ کی مغفرت اور اُن کے خاندان کو صبر عطا فرمائے، شریف خاندان کے دکھ اور غم میں برابر کے شریک ہیں۔
— Abdul Aleem Khan (@aleemkhan_pti) September 11, 2018
Kulsoom Nawaz dies. (May her soul rest in peace).
— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) September 11, 2018
میں بیگم کلثوم نواز کے سانحہ ارتحال پر اہل خانہ سے دلی تعزیت کا اظہار کرتا ہوں اور بارگاہِ ایزدی میں دعا گو ہوں کہ اللہ ان کی مغفرت فرمائے۔ میں حکومت سے اپیل کرتا ہوں کہ وہ ازخود قدم اٹھاتے ہوئےنواز شریف اور مریم نواز کو آخری رسومات میں شرکت کے لیے رہا کرے
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz
— Aamir Liaquat Husain (@AamirLiaquat) September 11, 2018
بیگم کلثوم انتقال کر گئیں۔ pic.twitter.com/wahrOO1KCr
— Ansar Abbasi (@AnsarAAbbasi) September 11, 2018
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون#RIPBegumKulsoomNawaz
— Ayesha Bakhsh (@AyeshaBakhsh) September 11, 2018
سابق خاتون اوّل بیگم کلثوم نواز انتقال کر گئیں
— Rabia Anum Obaid (@RabiaAnumm) September 11, 2018
نہایت ہی افسوسناک خبر، انا لللہ وانا الیہ راجعون۔
۔ اللہ پاک مرحومہ کو جنت الفردوس میں جگہ عطا فرمائے pic.twitter.com/yXrKI1mOTl
— Sheikh Rashid Ahmad (@ShkhRasheed) September 11, 2018
From PM Office (happening now, as I’m here): @ImranKhanPTI has expressed great sorrow at Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s death. He was told about her demise while chairing a meeting on Local Govt, just moments ago. He promised legally-bound facilitation by the gov for the Sharifs.
— WSK (@WajSKhan) September 11, 2018