Former PM Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz released on parole

Former PM Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz released on parole

Former PM Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz released on parole

Begum Kulsoom, the wife of Pakistan's jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, died Tuesday in London after a prolonged illness, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Shehbaz Sharif said.

"My sister-in-law and wife of Mian Nawaz Sharif, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, has passed away".

She married Nawaz Sharif in 1971, and served as the president of the PML-N from 1999 to 2002, after her husband's government was dismissed by former president Pervez Musharraf, and almost all the Sharif family's men were jailed.

Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from holding public office by the Pakistan Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.

Nawaz Sharif was in London with Kulsoom earlier this year when the anti-corruption court handed him a 10-year jail term and sentenced his presumed political heir, Maryam, to seven years in prison over the purchase of luxury flats in London in the 1990s. 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.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were arrested on July 14 in Lahore in connection with a corruption scandal related to offshore properties.

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Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed "grief and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family", said the official military spokesman.

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. According to reports, her health deteriorated on Monday night and she was placed on life support.

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

She would not take to politics again until a year ago, after her husband - now prime minister again - was disqualified by the Supreme Court from holding a public office.

"We have conveyed to the Pakistan High Commission in London to fully cooperate with the (Sharif) family to bring back the body", Iftikhar Durrani, media adviser to the prime minister, told Arab News. "May Allah bless the departed soul eternal peace at Heaven-Amen", COAS", he tweeted.

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

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