Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif, daughter released for his wife's funeral

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 flight carrying Kulsoom Nawaz's mortal remains landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore in wee hours on Friday.

Her sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz will not be able to attend her funeral prayers in Lahore on account of corruption charges and arrest warrants levelled at them.

The body has been shifted to Jati Umra Lahore residence of the Sharif family for burial, Pakistan's Geo TV reported.

Sharif's supporters are gathering outside his home to attend the funeral of 68-year-old Nawaz, who underwent surgery for throat cancer last year.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retired) M Safdar, now serving jail terms in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July, have been released on parole to attend Kulsoom's funeral.

Kulsoom's funeral prayers will be held at the Sharif Medical City in Jati Umra neighbourhood at 5 pm (local time) today.

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Along with him, Sharif's daughter, grand children and other immediate family members will land with the body of Kulsoom Nawaz.

Security has also been tightened around their residence and traffic wardens have been deployed to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif Wednesday left for London to bring back the body of his sister-in-law. Both have been declared absconders by an accountability court in corruption cases.

The Sharif family has reportedly refused to get any assistance from the Pakistan High Commission in London in the matter of repatriation of the deceased's body.

Funeral prayers were offered for Begum Kulsoom at London's Regent Park mosque on Thursday where hundreds showed up to pay their respects.

When Shehbaz reached Adiala Jail to meet Nawaz after the demise of Begum Kulsoom, the latter initially refused to come out of jail on parole in protest against his conviction and detention. They chanted slogans of "we salute to the mother of democracy".

The PML-N president had also shared that his brother and niece were adamant that they won't submit a request for parole to be able to attend Kulsoom Nawaz's funeral.

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