Kulsoom Nawaz, former first lady and wife of jailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has passed away. She was battling cancer for the last several months and had reportedly been in coma, as well.
Kulsoom was diagnosed with Lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects lymph nodes, in August 2017
She had been diagnosed in London and her treatment had been happening ever since. She had reportedly gone through multiple surgeries and at least five chemotherapy sessions.
Kulsoom got married to Nawaz Sharif in April 1971 and served as the first lady when her husband was elected
Lahore born Kulsoom served as Pakistan’s first lady from 1990 to 1993, 1997 to 1999 and then from 2013 to 2017, when her husband served as the Prime Minister of the country.
Kulsoom had also served as the President of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz from 1992 to 2002
After her husband’s government was dismissed by General Pervez Musharraf in a military coup and her husband was jailed, Kulsoom took over as the party’s President.
As news of her passing broke, people on social media shared their condolences
We are extremely saddened by the news of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s passing away. We have massive respect for her, who stood like a rock in the face of a dictator, when no one else around her did. May she rest in peace. #KalsoomNawaz
— PTI (@PTIofficial) September 11, 2018
The news about Begum Kulsoom Nawaz demise is heartbreaking !! My heart goes out to the family, specially for @MaryamNSharif who could not be there with her mother during her last days. May Allah rest her soul in peace & give strength to the family to bear this loss
— Fiza Batool Gilani (@Fiza_Gilani) September 11, 2018
RIP Begum Kulsoom Nawaz 💔
Your bravery shall never be forgotten. I mourn you as one of my own pic.twitter.com/tL3l27o2YT
— Mastung💔 (@saaadmalikk) September 11, 2018
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