Funeral prayers offered for Nawaz Sharif's wife in Lahore

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

Shedding light on Kulsoom's last election in Lahore, Butt revealed that she was the first woman in the country's political history who was elected by the people despite the fact that she was in London battling for her life.

Pakistani authorities on Wednesday temporarily released former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter from prison to attend funeral services for his wife, Kulsoom, who died of cancer the day before in London.

Kulsoom Nawaz breathed her last at a hospital on September 11 in London after a prolonged illness.

Nawaz Sharif's sons Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif along with Ishaq Dar and Chauhdry Nisar were also in attendance.

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

File photo of Kulsoom Nawaz in December, 2000.

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The three-time Premier, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar, now serving prison terms on corruption charges, were granted parole by the Punjab government to attend Begum Kulsoom's funeral.

Nawaz Sharif and other Sharif family members excluding 68-year-old Kulsoom's two sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz attended the prayers.

Both Sharifs said they had broken no law and there was no proof the residences were purchased with money from corruption.

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.

Sharif is unable to meet visitors arriving at Jati Umra to extend condolences as his health deteriorated on Wednesday, family sources said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Punjab home department has issued a notification announcing an extension in the parole already awarded to Nawaz Sharif for additional five days - September 12 (4pm) to September 17 (4pm).

The funeral prayers will be offered at the Regent Park mosque on Thursday afternoon and her body will be flown to Lahore after completion of legal formalities. They chanted slogans of "we salute to the mother of democracy".

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