Sharif, daughter released on parole to attend Begum Kulsoom’s funeral

Kulsoom Nawaz

"Begum Kulsoom's condition deteriorated early in the morning on Tuesday".

The funeral prayers of ex-premier Nawaz Sharif's wife, Begum Kulsoom, will be offered at the Regent Park mosque on Thursday after Zuhr and her body will be flown to Lahore after completion of legal formalities. Her body will be brought back here and buried in Jati Umra Lahore residence of the Sharif family.

Kulsoom Nawaz passed away in a hospital in London on Tuesday after battling with cancer for months, the family said. She met Nawaz Sharif in 1971 and the couple married.

Begum Kulsoom was the wife of Nawaz Sharif, who served three terms as Pakistan's prime minister, most recently from 2013 to 2017.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar are now serving jail terms in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July.

Shehbaz Sharif will leave for London today to get the dead body.

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According to well-placed sources at the Interior Ministry, the trio, now imprisoned at the Adiala jail, will be granted parole from the time of Begum Kulsoom's funeral prayers till her burial. Nawaz Sharif has served as Pakistan PM for three terms.

Former first daughter Maryam Nawaz said Tuesday night she was "deeply saddened" by the fact that was unable to be by the bedside of her ailing mother, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, during her last moments.

When he was first imprisoned after a military coup in 1999, she took over leadership of the party and led rallies in the streets.

Kulsoom was elected to Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a by-poll after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court past year. She graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore and received a Master's degree in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970.

She is survived by her husband and four grown-up children - Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.

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