LAHORE: The Namaz-e-Janaza (Funeral prayer) of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, will be offered at Sharif Medical City, Raiwind near Lahore today (Friday).
Significant political pesonalities including Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Khurshid Shah will attend the funeral. Delegations of PPP, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) will aslo arrive for condolence.
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, passed away at London’s Harley Street Clinic on Tuesday after a prolonged battle with cancer.
A PIA flight carrying the casket landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore at 6:40am today from where it was shifted to Sharif Medical Comlex, Jati Umra amid strict security.
At least 13 family members including PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif, Zakariya Hussain Sharif, Asma Dar, Haleema Dar,Usman Dar, Asif
Baig Mirza, Khadija Mirza, Saira Saleh, Ijaz Gull, Samia Tariq, Nargis Butt returned on the same flight.
Kulsoom’s nephews Hamza Shehbaz, Salman Shehbaz, Yousaf Abbas, Aziz Abbas and Ata Tarar were present at the airport to receive the coffin.
A special immigration counter was set up at the Hajj Terminal of the airport in order to facilitate the early clearance of all those who arrived with her body.
The former first lady’s funeral prayer will be offered at 5:00pm at Sharif Medical City playgrounds following which she will be laid to rest beside the grave of her father-in-law Mian Sharif at Jati Umra.
Religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil will lead the prayers.
Nawaz oversees arrangements for Kulsoom’s funeral in Lahore
On the other hand, Nawaz Sharif is overseeing arrangements for Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral in Lahore. The ousted premier paid visit to Sharif Medical City to oversee and finalized arrangements for his late wife’s last rites.
PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb told media Begum Kulsoom s funeral in Lahore would be held at Sharif Medical city adjacent to the family’s Jati Umra residence on Friday at 5pm.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan telephoned Nawaz and offered condolences over the demise of her wife.
Security plan finalized
The police has formulated the security plan according to which nine vehicles of elite force will patrol in various areas. Eight walk-through gates have also been installed at two points.
Moreover, security personnel have been deployed at 19 places. They include three superintendents of police (SP), three deputy superintendents of police (DSP) and six station house officers (SHO).
Hundreds of people including members of the Sharif family attended the funeral of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz at London’s Regent Park mosque on Thursday.
Family members and prominent political figures including Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, former Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif, former finance minister Ishaq Dar and Ch Nisar attended the last rituals of former first lady.
Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar’s parole extended
The Punjab government has extended the parole period of Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar to participate in the last rites of Sharif’s wife. The trio will now remain freed on parole until September 17, 4pm.
A notification has also been issued in this regard.