Wife of Pakistan’s ex-PM, Nawaz dies in London

The cancer-stricken wife of Pakistan’s jailed former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has died in London, her brother-in-law said on Tuesday.

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

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Mrs Sharif, her husband and daughter left her bedside to return to Pakistan and be arrested on corruption-related charges just ahead of the July 25 elections, which their party lost.

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“The wife of Mian Nawaz Sharif is no more among us. May God rest her in peace,” Shehbaz Sharif, the former prime minister’s brother, said on Twitter.

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“Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of our leader, has passed away,” Sharif’s political Secretary, Asif Kirmani, said.

Sharif, three-time prime minister, is currently serving a 10-year jail term in Pakistan following his conviction by a court on corruption charges.

Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, is also in jail.

(Reuters/NAN)

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