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Nawaz's ailing wife dies in London

IANS  |  London/Islamabad 

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of deposed and now jailed Sharif, passed away in a hospital in on Tuesday after months of battle with cancer, the family said.

She is survived by her husband and four grown up children: Hassan, Hussain, and Shairf and are currently serving a jail sentence at in for corruption.

Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law will be granted parole to attend Kulsoom's funeral, sources told

Kulsoom, 68, was placed on life support earlier in the day as her health deteriorated, Geo News reported.

The three-time former was diagnosed with in August last year and had been since then in where she underwent multiple surgeries.

She was elected from a constituency in a by-election after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the 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

During Nawaz Sharif's exile after the 1999 military coup, Kulsoom took over reins of the Muslim League-Nawaz and served as its from 1999 to 2002.

Referring to her mother, had said that she had dauntlessly challenged "an usurper" (read Pervez Musharraf) when "most men did not".

Born in 1950 in to a Kashmiri family, Kulsoom attended and graduated from the in She received a Master's degree in Urdu from in 1970.

All political leaders - opponents and otherwise - condoled the death.

offered support to the

expressed grief and promised that the government will assist the family in this time of need "as per law".

"Sad to learn of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's death. She was a courageous woman of great dignity and confronted her with fortitude. My condolences and prayers go to the Sharif family," Imran tweeted.

Khan told the High Commission to assist Kulsoom's family in in every way possible.

called Kulsoom a "brave woman" who struggled for democracy.

Gen also extended his condolences "to the bereaved family on the sad demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz".

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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 18:48 IST
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