Preparations underway to bid adieu to Begum Kulsoom Nawaz

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz wife of former premier Nawaz Sharif passed away in London on Tuesday after battling cancer for more than a year. — Geo News FILE

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz wife of former premier Nawaz Sharif passed away in London on Tuesday after battling cancer for more than a year. — Geo News FILE

The body was later shifted to Jati Umra Lahore residence of the Sharif family for burial, Geo TV reported. The funeral prayers for Kulsoom Nawaz has been offered by his sons Hassan Hussain Nawaz, grandsons, immediate family members and party workers, supporters and public in Regent Park Mosque.

Kulsoom Nawaz died in a London hospital on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

A plane carrying the body of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif's wife has reached the eastern city of Lahore, where she will be buried later Friday.

Her funeral prayers were led by Maulana Tariq Jameel at a ground at Sharif Medical City, Dawn reports.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz spokesperson Maryam Aurangzeb told PTI that Sharif's younger brother and the party president Shahbaz Sharif had filed an application with the Punjab government requesting the release of his elder brother, niece Maryam and Safdar for five days on parole so that they could attend the funeral of Kulsoom.

The visitors condoled the death of Begum Kulsoom with Hamza Shehbaz Sharif and Salman Shehbaz at the open area and no one was allowed to meet Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar - who were being kept at a place in the farmhouse where mainly their relatives were allowed to meet them.

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The former premier and his daughter was given parole for 12 hours but the government of Punjab province extended it to three days so they can attend the funeral on Friday.

On Thursday, hundreds of people attended the funeral prayers of Kulsoom at London's Regent Park mosque. Both have been declared absconders by an accountability court in the corruption cases.

A number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and members of Pakistani diaspora attended the funeral in the British capital.

Sons of Hussain Nawaz have also come along with the body.

Nawaz Sharif met with the people visited him to condole.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered to facilitate the Sharif family regarding the bringing back the body of Kulsoom and matters related to their parole. The family is now meeting people in Jati Umra, who have come to pay homage to Begum Kulsoom.

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