LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to observe ‘Youm-e-Kulsoom’ on October 12 to remember struggle of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife.
PML-N workers across the country are holding Quran Khuwani at their local offices for Begum Kulsoom Nawaz
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, passed away at London’s Harley Street Clinic on Tuesday after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Talking to media, PML-N president in Sindh Shah Mohammad Shah termed the demise as great loss.
Kulsoom was elected to Lahore’s NA-120 constituency in a by-poll against Dr Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) among other candidates. However; she was unable to return due to her illness. Her election campaign was run by her daughter, Maryam Nawaz.
Kulsoom was born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family. She attended Islamia College and graduated from Forman Christian College in Lahore. She also received a Master’s degree in Urdu from the University of the Punjab in 1970.
She married Nawaz Sharif in 1971, and served as the president of the PML-N from 1999 to 2002. Kulsoom had remained the first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.
After the disqualification of Sharif from Supreme Court last year, Kulsoom Nawaz was given party ticket to contest by-election from NA-120. She died at London’s Harley Street Clinic after prolonged battle against cancer.