Funeral prayers for Kulsoom Nawaz to be offered on Friday
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Funeral prayers for Kulsoom Nawaz to be offered on Friday

Islamabad, Sep 13: The former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's funeral prayers will be offered on Friday, at the Sharif Medical City in Jati Umra, the PML-N announced.

Marriyum Aurangzeb, the Spokesperson for the party, said on Wednesday evening that Begum Kulsoom would be laid to rest at the Jati Umra residence of the Sharif family, a report in Pakistan daily Dawn said.

Congregational prayers (Rasm-e-Qul) for the benefit of the deceased will be offered on September 16 (Sunday) from Asr (late afternoon) to Maghrib (sunset).

Begum Kulsoom's husband and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired captain Mohammad Safdar had been released from Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail on parole in the early hours of Wednesday, hours after her demise in a London hospital.

They are currently at Jati Umra, awaiting the funeral. Three rooms inside the residence have been declared a sub-jail, DawnNewsTV reported.

Meanwhile, PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif arrived in London in the early hours of Thursday to attend Begum Kulsoom's funeral prayers at the Regent's Park mosque. He will accompany Begum Kulsoom's body back to Lahore.

Kulsoom's sons would not accompany her body to Lahore, but her daughter, Asma, and grandson, Zikriya Sharif, would go with the casket to Pakistan.

"A PIA flight carrying the body will arrive here on Friday morning and she is likely to be laid to rest the same day beside the grave of her father-in-law Mian Sharif at Jati Umra," they said.

Begum Kulsoom, who was diagnosed with cancer in August last year, was still undergoing treatment when she suffered cardiac arrest on June 15 and was rushed to a private hospital in London where she had remained admitted since then.

Her health deteriorated on Sunday night and she was placed on life support. However, she couldn’t be and passed away on Tuesday. (UNI)