• Begum Kulsoom's funeral to be held in Lahore today

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    Plane Carrying Kulsoom’s Coffin Lands At Lahore Airport File Photo Plane Carrying Kulsoom’s Coffin Lands At Lahore Airport

    Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's wife, Begum Kulsoom, will be laid to rest today (Friday).

    The body of the former first lady, was moved to Sharif Medical City in Jati Umra almost half an hour after a flight carrying it from London landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport on Friday morning.

    Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-758, which departed from London's Heathrow Airport carrying Begum Kulsoom's body touched down around 6:45am.

    The body was transferred to an ambulance directly from the airplane and taken to Sharif Medical City.

    Nawaz, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Mohammad Safdar, who have been released on parole, were also taken to the medical facility to pay their last respects.

    Shehbaz Sharif, the deceased's brother-in-law and president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), along with Begum Kulsoom's daughter Asma, grandson Zayd Hussain Sharif (Hussain Nawaz's son), and 11 other family members accompanied the body to Lahore.

    Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, Begum Kulsoom's sons, have not returned to the country for their mother’s funeral.

    Begum Kulsoom's funeral prayers will be held at Sharif Medical City Ground in Lahore's Jati Umra neighbourhood at 5pm.

    Maulana Tariq Jameel will lead Begum Kulsoom's funeral prayers.

    The former first family will be laid to rest in Jati Umra near to where Nawaz's father, Mian Sharif, is buried.

    Security has been tightened in the area and on routes leading to Jati Umra ahead of the funeral.

    Nawaz in Jati Umra

    The former premier, who was accompanied by Sharif family members to pay respects to Begum Kulsoom at Sharif Medical City after her body was brought to Lahore, is currently meeting guests in Jati Umra.

    Nawaz has been released from Adiala Jail on parole in order to attend the funeral of his wife.

    On Thursday night, the Punjab home department has issued a notification announcing an extension in the parole already awarded to Nawaz for additional five days — September 12 (4pm) to September 17 (4pm).

    Nawaz, Maryam and Capt Safdar had been sentenced to jail by an accountability court weeks before the July 25 polls in the Avenfield property reference.

    PTI , PPP delegations to attend funeral prayers

    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Peoples Party's delegations will attend the funeral prayers of the former first lady.

    According to sources, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar will lead the PTI delegation.

    PTI leaders Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed and Mian Aslam Iqbal will be part of the delegation. National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser will also attend the funeral.

    On Thursday, Begum Kulsoom's funeral prayers were also offered at London's Islamic Cultural Centre.

    Among the attendees were her sons Hassan and Hussain, brother-in-law Shehbaz Sharif, PML-N leaders Chaudhry Nisar and Muhammad Ishaq Dar attended the funeral.

    Legal formalities were completed in London and the Harley Street Clinic, where Begum Kulsoom had passed away, issued a death certificate to the family. The bereaved relatives also received the “out-of-England” letter from the coroner’s court, which the way for the departure of her body.

    The wife of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif passed away on Tuesday after an over-a-year-long battle with lymphoma (throat cancer).

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