In August 2017, she was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma and was undergoing treatment in the UK.
Begum Kulsoom, the wife of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, died on Tuesday, said Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) President Shehbaz Sharif. She was 68.
Kulsoom was under treatment at the Harley Street Clinic in London, reported Geo News. On Monday night, she was placed on life support after her health deteriorated.
The former Pakistani first lady was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma in August last year and underwent several operations and at least five chemotherapy sessions, reported the Dawn. In June this year, she suffered a cardiac arrest and was placed on a ventilator.
A day before Nawaz Sharif and their daughter Maryam were due to return to Pakistan after being sentenced to 10 years in jail in a corruption case, the family had reported a slight improvement in her condition. Both Nawaz Sharif and Maryam are currently lodged in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.
After the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from his seat last year, Kulsoom was elected to Lahore’s NA-120 constituency in a bye-poll. However, she was soon forced to move to London after her health worsened, and was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat.
From 1999 to 2002, she also served as the PML(N) president after the Nawaz Sharif government was dismissed by former president Pervez Musharraf.
We are extremely saddened by the news of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s passing away. We have massive respect for her, who stood like a rock in the face of a dictator, when no one else around her did. May she rest in peace. #KalsoomNawaz
— PTI (@PTIofficial) September 11, 2018
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون
COAS expresses his grief and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family on sad demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. “May Allah bless the departed soul eternal peace at Heaven-Amen”, COAS.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) September 11, 2018
Deeply saddened to hear the news of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's passing. May ALLAH rest her soul in peace and give enough strength to family to cope with this huge loss.
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) September 11, 2018
Founder leader of MQM Mr. Altaf Hussain express his deepest condolence over sad demise of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz #BegumKulsoomNawaz
— MQM (@OfficialMqm) September 11, 2018