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Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former Pakistan PM, dead

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, passed away in London on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, her brother-in-law and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif said.  The former PM and his daughter are both currently serving their sentences in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail.
Sep 11, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, passed away in London on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, her brother-in-law and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif said.  The former PM and his daughter are both currently serving their sentences in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail.
 
She is survived by her husband and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.
 
The three-time former first lady was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma in August last year and had been in London since, where she underwent multiple surgeries and at least five chemotherapy sessions.
 
She had suffered a cardiac arrest and was placed on a ventilator in June this year. Her family reported a slight improvement in her condition on July 12, a day before Nawaz and Maryam were set to return to Pakistan after an accountability court sentenced them to jail in the Avenfield corruption reference. 
 
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was elected to Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a by-poll after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court last year, but left for the United Kingdom before she could begin campaigning for the by-poll. In her absence, Maryam ran her campaign instead. Due to her illness, Begum Kulsoom was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat.
 
Begum Kulsoom served as first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.
 
Born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family, Begum Kulsoom married Nawaz Sharif in 1971, and served as the president of the PML-N from 1999 to 2002 after her husband's government was dismissed by former president Pervez Musharraf, and nearly all of Sharif's men were jailed.

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