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Former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz laid to rest in Jati Umra

Former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz laid to rest in Jati Umra
September 14, 2018
LAHORE (92 News) – Kulsoom Nawaz, the former first lady, was laid to rest in Jati Umra next to father-in-law Mian Muhammad Sharif and brother-in-law Abbas Sharif on Friday. Thousands of mourners joined the funeral prayers at Sharif Medical City grounds. Earlier, her funeral prayers were offered in Sharif Medical City. Maulana Tariq Jameel led the funeral prayers. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif himself drove the car while Maulana Tariq Jameel was sitting beside him. PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif, former president Mamnoon Hussain, former defence minister Khawaja Asif, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former law minister Rana Sanaullah, Raja Zafarul Haq and Iqbal Zafar Jhagra were also present. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was represented by Governor Chaudhry Sarwar and National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser. The Pakistan People's Party delegation included Khurshid Shah and Qamar Zaman Kaira. Federal Minister Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi and former federal minister Farooq Sattar represented the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan. Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Azhakzai, Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Ameer Muqam and Ameer Haider Hoti were also present. Earlier, preparations for funeral prayers were completed at the Sharif Medical City Ground. Earlier, the body of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was brought to Lahore from London by PIA flight early in the morning. The PML-N workers began gathering at Sharif Medical City since morning. Family members, including Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar, were present at Sharif Medical City. The PML-N workers broke the security barricades for stopping them and reached outside Nawaz Sharif’s residence. The long queues of vehicles were present on the road and the workers exchanged harsh words with security officials them. They also barred the vehicle of Tariq Jameel. Earlier, Begum Kulsoom’s funeral prayers were also held at the Regent Park mosque in London. Apart from her sons and brother-in-law, the funeral prayers were attended by Dar, PML-N dissident Chaudhry Nisar and party workers. Stringent security arrangements had been made on the occasion. Over 2,000 officers were on duty during the funeral and 30 walkthrough gates had been installed. Turkish President Tayyub Erdogan expressed condolence on the demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. The Saudi envoy also sent condolence message from the Saudi king. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar were granted an extension in their parole for five days. Their parole will end at 4pm on September 17. The Punjab Home Department has issued a notification in this regard. They will stay within Jati Umrah and can meet people coming to condole with them. However, they will not be allowed to leave the area.