ISLAMABAD – Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were released on Wednesday from prison, where they are serving sentences on corruption charges, to attend the funeral of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who died after a long struggle with cancer.
Sharif, Maryam and her husband Muhammed Safdar, were given permission by authorities to attend the funeral of Sharif’s wife, who died on Tuesday, in the eastern city of Lahore, according to an order by the provincial government of Punjab accessed by EFE.
The order specifies that the former prime minister has to be accompanied by a police escort until he returns to the prison in Rawalpindi, close to the capital.
Sharif’s wife, born in Lahore in 1950, had been admitted to London’s Harley Street Clinic since August 2017 due to cancer.
A spokesperson of Sharif’s party the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) told media on Tuesday that Kulsoom’s body would arrive in Pakistan on Friday, after a first ceremony in London, to be held on Thursday.
“The dead body will be brought to Pakistan and will reach at 6 am on Friday morning in Lahore. The same day her funeral will be held at Jati Umra (the Sharif residence) where she will be laid to rest,” said the spokesperson Rana Sana Ullah.
Sharif was disqualified as prime minister in July 2017 by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for allegedly not revealing a salary which he had received from a company owned by his son, an irregularity which came to light during an investigation launched after the Panama Papers leak.
In July an anti-corruption court sentenced Sharif and Maryam to 10 and seven years in prison respectively for concealing assets and they were arrested on July 13 upon arrival in Pakistan from London.
The father-daughter duo had gone to the British capital to meet an ailing Kulsoom at the clinic.