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Three-day mourning announced in GB over Kulsoom’s death

GILGIT: Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman Wednesday announced three days mourning in the province over the death of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who died in London due to throat cancer.

He expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the members of bereaved family to bear the loss with patience.

The chief minister, in his condolence message, paid tribute to late Kulsoom Nawaz for her services for strengthening of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and democracy in the country.

He said the death of Kulsoom Nawaz was a big tragedy that had saddened everybody.

The GB chief minister said Kulsoom Nawaz would be remembered for long for her rich political services for the progress and development of the people of Pakistan.

Kulsoom Nawaz breathed her last at a hospital in London after a prolonged illness. The political career of the former first lady remains far from any controversy, unlike embroilment of her family members in different cases.

Born into a Kashmiri family in Lahore, she attended Islamia College and Foreman Christian College University for her graduation. Kulsoom was married to Nawaz Sharif, with whom she has four children. Kulsoom Nawaz served as the President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from 1999 to 2002.

The government has released former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter from prison for three days to attend funeral services for his wife, Kulsoom, who died of cancer the day before in London.  The body is due to be flown back from London on Thursday.

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