Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif passed away in London on Tuesday. She was 68.
Kulsoom, who was under treatment at London’s Harley Street Clinic since June 2014, was placed on life support earlier Tuesday as her health deteriorated, Geo TV reported.
Kulsoom was diagnosed with lymphoma (throat) cancer in August 2017.
Born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family, Kulsoom attended Islamia College and graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore. She received a Master's degree in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970. She had married Sharif in April 1971.
She is survived by her husband and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.
She was elected from Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a by-election after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court last year but left for Britain even before she could start campaigning.
In her absence, Maryam ran her campaign. Due to her illness, Kulsoom was unable to return and formally take oath as a member of the National Assembly.
Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Muhammad Safdar Awan are currently serving a jail sentence at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of Begum Kulsoom.
In a statement, the prime minister said all facilities will be provided to the family and heirs of Begum Kulsoom as per law.
The prime minister has directed Pakistani High Commission in London to assist in provision of all necessary facilities to the heirs of the deceased, reported Geo News.