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Thousands attend funeral of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife

Kulsoom’s body was taken to venue for the funeral prayers at Sharif Medical City, near Jati Umra, in an ambulance that was followed by a vehicle driven by Nawaz Sharif himself.

world Updated: Sep 14, 2018 20:44 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
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People attend funeral of Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of Pakistani jailed former minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif in Lahore.(AP File Photo)

Thousands attended the funeral of Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, near the Sharif family home at Jati Umra on the outskirts of Lahore on Friday evening.

Kulsoom’s body was taken to venue for the funeral prayers at Sharif Medical City, near Jati Umra, in an ambulance that was followed by a vehicle driven by Sharif himself. He was accompanied by cleric Tariq Jamil, who led the prayers.

The massive crowd included top politicians, thousands of supporters of Sharif’s PML-N party and well-wishers.Security at the venue was tight, and barbed wire was used to separate high-profile dignitaries from ordinary citizens. Despite these measures, footage on television showed politicians being jostled by the crowd as they were led to their places.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was temporarily released from prison, arrives to attend funeral services for his wife, Kulsoom, in Lahore. (Reuters Photo)

A protective human chain was formed around Sharif, his brother Shehbaz Sharif and Tariq Jameel as the prayers were offered.

Kulsoom, 68, once referred to as the “only man” in the PML-N for her brave opposition to former dictator Pervez Musharraf after her husband was jailed and forced into exile in Saudi Arabia, died in London on September 11 after a long struggle with cancer. She was diagnosed with lymphoma in August last year.

Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, talks to reporters in Islamabad. (AP File Photo)

Her casket reached the provincial capital of Lahore on Friday morning on a Pakistan International Airlines flight from London. The body was received by members of the Sharif family, including Shehbaz’s son Hamza Shahbaz, and later transported to Jati Umra.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Muhammad Safdar, who were given jail terms by an anti-corruption court earlier this year, were granted parole for five days to attend the funeral.

First Published: Sep 14, 2018 20:35 IST