Ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz passes away

Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz dies in London

Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz dies in London

According to media reports, she had been put on life support and a ventilator earlier in the day.

"The Pakistan High Commission in the United Kingdom has been directed to provide all possible assistance to facilitate the heirs of Mrs. Kulsoom Nawaz", his office said in a statement.

Khan termed the former first lady a "brave woman".

Nawaz Sharif's off-shore properties were leaked in Panama papers 2 years back and the scandal came to be known as Avenfield corruption case. "My condolences and prayers go to the Sharif family".

The official PML-N Twitter account tweeted party president Shahbaz Sharif's confirmation of the news and prayed for her forgiveness.

They are now serving jail terms of 10 and seven years, respectively, at Rawalpindi's Adiala jail, as well as being fined $10.5m and $2.6m each.

On July 10, the father-daughter duo was sentenced to 10 and seven years in prison, respectively, and arrested a week later after their return to Pakistan from the UK.

In her absence, Maryam ran her campaign.

Sharif was ousted from the premiership a month before his wife's diagnosis.

Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari expressed her grief at the news and extended her condolences to the Sharif family, noting that Begum Kulsoom "deserves the nation's respect".

Three-time-premier Nawaz Sharif, who was removed from office in each of his elected terms, has maintained that his most recent ouster in July 2017 and subsequent conviction were part of a plot against him by the powerful military and the judiciary. The couple have four children.

"It is very unfortunate the way she was consumed all of a sudden by such an illness for a whole year and which caused so much suffering for the family". "They had to leave her behind, I don't know what they'll be going through right now". Sharif and his daughter Maryam Sharif are at present imprisoned in Rawalpindi jail.

But she could never return to the country to take her oath as a member of parliament.

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