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Hundreds attend funeral prayers of Nawaz Sharif's wife in London

Press Trust of India  |  London/Lahore 

Hundreds of people attended the funeral prayers of Begum - the wife of former Sharif - at a mosque Thursday, as legal formalities were completed to take her body to for burial.

The funeral prayers at London's Regent Park mosque, which is separate from another one to take place in Friday, were attended by her sons and Hussain, Shehbaz Sharif, former ministers and among others.

Kulsoom died Tuesday in a hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was 68. She would be buried on Friday in the Jati Umra residence of the She will be laid to rest near the graves of her and

Her body will be flown back to Thursday night on a International Airlines (PIA) flight scheduled to depart from for Lahore, Geo TV reported.

along with Kulsoom Nawaz's daughter Asma, grandson (Nawaz's son) and other family members will bring her body back to Pakistan.

Citing Pakistan Muslim League-Marriyum Aurangzeb, the chanel said the funeral prayers of the former will be offered Friday at Sharif Medical City in Jati Umra at 5pm (local time).

Sharif's sons, and Hussain, will not travel to Pakistan for their mother's funeral. Both have been declared absconders by an accountability court in the corruption cases.

Meanwhile, legal formalities have been completed and the family has received a death certificate issued by the Harley Street Clinic, where Kulsoom died Tuesday, the channel said.

They have also received the "out-of-England" letter from the coroner's court, paving the way for the departure of her body for Thursday evening.

On Wednesday night, when Shehbaz arrived in London, Sharif's son hugged him and broke down into tears.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam and Capt (retd) M Safdar, currently serving jail terms in the in after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July, have been released on parole to attend Kulsoom's funeral.

They were initially granted a 12-hour parole.

Later, the province home department said the period of parole has been extended until 12 am on Monday.

In Lahore, Sharif Thursday visited the Sharif Medical City to oversee arrangements for his deceased wife's last rites.

He was accompanied by his Safdar, grandson Junaid Safdar, and nephew He also met some PML-N leaders at Sharif Medical City.

PML-N leaders and workers including former Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khurram Dastagir, Malik Pervaiz, Saad Rafique, Ameer Muqam, Ali Pervaiz, and visited Jati Umra to offer their condolences.

However, they could not get a chance to condole with Sharif.

"Mian sahib was shattered and tired but he met relatives," Marriyum said.

Congregational prayers (Rasm-i-Qul) for Kulsoom will be offered on Sunday between Asr and Maghreb, she added.

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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 18:40 IST
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