Hundreds of people attended the funeral prayers of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz - the wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif - at a London mosque Thursday, as legal formalities were completed to take her body to Pakistan for burial.
The funeral prayers at London's Regent Park mosque, which is separate from another one to take place in Lahore Friday, were attended by her sons Hassan and Hussain, brother-in-law Shehbaz Sharif, former ministers Chaudhry Nisar and Ishaq Dar among others.
Kulsoom died Tuesday in a London hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was 68. She would be buried on Friday in the Jati Umra Lahore residence of the Sharif family. She will be laid to rest near the graves of her father-in-law Mian Sharif and brother-in-law Abbas Sharif.
Citing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, the chanel said the funeral prayers of the former first lady will be offered Friday at Sharif Medical City in Jati Umra at 5pm (local time).
Sharif's sons, Hassan 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 Lahore Thursday evening.
On Wednesday night, when Shehbaz arrived in London, Sharif's son Hussain hugged him and broke down into tears.
Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) M Safdar, currently serving jail terms in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi 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 Punjab 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.
PML-N leaders and workers including former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khurram Dastagir, Malik Pervaiz, Saad Rafique, Ameer Muqam, Ali Pervaiz, Uzma Bokhari and Rana Mohammad Iqbal 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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