Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz dies in London

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is survived by her husband former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and their four children. ─ DawnNewsTV

"She was a courageous lady", Siddiq-ul-Farouq, a stalwart party loyalist, told AFP, describing her as well-educated and dignified.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi remarked that he has instructed the Pakistani High Commission in London to facilitate the bereaved family in every way. She was the granddaughter of Ghulam Muhammad, who was known as "Gaama Pehelwan". She was placed on life support earlier in the day.

Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari expressed her grief at the news and extended her condolences to the Sharif family, noting that Begum Kulsoom "deserves the nation's respect".

Earlier, Photo of Nawaz Sharif with ailing wife Kulsoom and 44-year-old daughter Maryam has suddenly gone viral leaving Twitterati emotional.

Kulsoom married Nawaz in 1970 and went on to retain the title of the first lady following her husband's election to the office of prime minister in 1990, 1997, and during his last term from 2013 to 2017.

Shahbaz Sharif, the former chief minister of Punjab and Nawaz's younger brother, confirmed the news in a tweet.

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She took up public office despite her failing health.

She addressed rallies, gathered workers, and tried to lead Karvan Tahafuz Pakistan rally against Pervez Musharraf, after which the military ruler put her under house arrest.

She was diagnosed with lymphoma a year ago, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Pakistan Supreme Court after being ordered to face trial in an anti-corruption court.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz leaves behind daughters four children, Asma, Maryam, Hasan and Hussain.

Conspiracy theories claiming that Nawaz was actually healthy, and that the Sharifs were faking her illness to gain sympathy, swirled in the final weeks of the acrimonious campaign.

She was briefly a member of parliament after she won her husband's former seat in a by-election after the Supreme Court disqualified him.

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