Kulsoom Nawaz. - A file photo

LONDON: Former first lady and wife of the deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz passed away in London on Tuesday after suffering from complications related to cancer.

Her sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz confirmed her demise.  She was admitted to a hospital in London where doctors diagnosed her with cancer. Former PM, Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam used to visit her. On June 15, she was placed on a ventilator after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Begum Kalsoom Nawaz was born into a Kashmiri family in Punjab. She graduated from Forman Christian College University. In 1971, she married to Nawaz Sharif and had four children, two sons Hassan, Hussain and as many daughters Maryam and Asma.

Begum Kulsoom contested by polls on NA-120 despite her failing health and and defeated PTI’s Yasmin Rashid following Nawaz’s disqualification by the Supreme Court (SC) in the Panama Papers case.

Credit goes to her for keeping the party intact and functional at the most crucial and difficult times.  During her husband’s exile after the 1999 military coup, she took over reins of the party and served as its president from 1999 to 2002.

All political leaders sent in their best wishes for Kulsoom during the length of her illness.