Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, died at the age of 68 on Tuesday in London, months after a cardiac arrest put her to Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The death of Kulsoom Nawaz was confirmed by her son Hassan and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz president, Shehbaz Sharif.
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s demise has saddened the entire nation, political supporters and opponents alike. The three-time first lady of the country breathed her last on Tuesday at a London hospital.
Condolences from people belonging to all walks of life poured in after news of former PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife broke. In the wake of all the condolences, a video of the former premier surfaced, in which he can be seen making the last-ditch effort to make a contact with his life partner of 47 years before leaving for Pakistan to face a 10-year imprisonment handed down to him by the accountability court.
میری بھابھی اور میاں نواز شریف صاحب کی اہلیہ بیگم کلثوم نواز اب ہم میں نہیں رہیں، اللہ تعالٰی انکی مغفرت فرمائے: شہباز شریف
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— PML(N) (@pmln_org) September 11, 2018
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar were released on parole in the wee hours of Wednesday, after the death of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.
A notification issued by the Punjab Home Department said the three were released for 12 hours to attend the funeral of Begum Kulsoom.
“The duration of permission granted shall not exceed 12 hours – which shall not include the time consumed from journey to and from the prison,”
A video uploaded by senior journalist Tallat Hussain shows former premier Nawaz Sharif trying to interact with Kulsoom Nawaz.
In the video, that apparently dates back to July when Sharif was heading back to Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif can be seen struggling to talk to Kulsoom Nawaz, however, there was no response from the former first lady.
Unseen video of Nawaz engaging with Kulsoom before returning to Pakistan pic.twitter.com/WsGwnNgjIx
— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) September 11, 2018
Deposed prime minister Nawaz and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were sent to Adiala jail late on July 13 following their arrest at the airport upon their return to the country.
Maryam also recalled the same incident in an interview onboard the flight back home to face the jail term given to her, Sharif and husband Captain Safdar.
Speaking to senior journalist Asma Shirazi, she said they were informed by her brother Hassan Nawaz to reach hospital instead of home when they landed at Heathrow Airport to attend her ailing mother earlier this year.
“He informed us that mother has been taken to hospital after suffering two back to back cardiac arrests and that she was now on ventilator and doctors have given up on her. The whole month following that she couldn’t open her eyes, she did not respond. She was on respirator, my father and I tried calling her the whole day every day in hope that she just for once looked at us before we leave for Pakistan and the verdict was also issued in the meantime,”
“Just yesterday when we were ready to leave for Pakistan, as you are also an eye witness, she all of a sudden opened her eyes for the first time and looked at us. I don’t know what God wanted from this … only the almighty knows reason behind it.
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“She opened her eyes just for few seconds and there were two teardrops in her eyes … I said look Ami (mother) it’s me your Guriya (doll). The same doll you used to tease for crying all the time. Then I told her that your Guriya has become very brave now and has quite shedding tears and you should not weep too. I have no idea if she listened to what I had to say or not.”
Maryam had also tweeted the brief engagement with her mother before being sent to Adiala.
“First time in 30 days, Ami opened eyes for a few seconds. Don’t know if she saw or registered us. [Begum Nawaz] is still not conscious and on ventilator. Prayers solicited.”
مریم نواز کی جیل جانے سے پہلے بیگم کلثوم نواز سے آخری ملاقات اور آخری گفتگو کیا تھی۔۔ سنئے مریم نواز کی زبانی#kulsoomnawaz #NawazSharif #Ripkalsoomnawaz #KulsoomNawaz @hinaparvezbutt @KhawajaMAsif @MarriyumTeam @BushraGohar @a_siab pic.twitter.com/YhekkgjMH7
— Nasir Yousafzai (@Nasir_Yousafza) September 11, 2018
Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.
Sad to learn of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's death. She was a courageous woman of great dignity and confronted her disease with fortitude. My condolences and prayers go to the Sharif family.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 11, 2018
According to a statement issued by the PM Office, all the facilities within the legal parameters would be provided to the Sharif family.
The High Commissioner in London has also been instructed by the government to extend all the facilities to the members of the Sharif family, added the statement.