Friday, 21 September, 2018

Saudi, Iranian envoys condole Kulsoom's death with Nawaz

Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law granted parole, reach Lahore to attend Kulsoom's funeral Parole of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam, son-in-law extended by 3 days
Jeannette Daniel | 14 September, 2018, 13:55

Shehbaz Sharif along with Begum Kulsoom's daughter Asma, grandson Zayd Hussain Sharif and 11 other family members accompanied the body to Lahore.

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. The sons were declared absconders by an accountability court hearing corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in lieu of Supreme Court's verdict in the Panama Papers case.

Her sons - Hassan and Hussain Nawaz - did not return to the country from London for the funeral.

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.

Turkish Presdient Tayyap Erdogan, Saudi ambassador to Pakistan, Iranian delegation and former president Mamnoon Hussain also offered honest condolence to Nawaz Sharif.

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The three-time former prime minister, Maryam and Safdar were transported to Jati Umra on a special plane from Nur Khan Airbase Rawalpindi in the early hours of Wednesday after the Punjab government's home department issued their release order.

Their parole was extended to 4 pm on September 17.

PML-N leaders and family members have been arriving at their residence to extend condolences.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz will reportedly be laid to rest at Jati Umrah. Her funeral prayers will be held at the Sharif Medical City Ground in Lahore at 5 p.m. The body will be taken straightway to the Heathrow airport from the Park for bringing it back through PK-758.

Maryam Nawaz also saw her grandmother and was seen weeping at most of the occasions as the relatives came to condole the death of her mother. For the sake of uninterrupted traffic flow, special arrangements were also made outside Jattiumra. "It was extremely painful to know that I wasn't by my mother's side", she said.

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