Now you belong to heaven: Kulsoom laid to rest


Staff Report


Former first lady of Pakistan Kulsoom Nawaz was laid to rest on Friday next to her father-in-law Mian Muhammad Sharif, in Jati Umra, Lahore.

Maulana Tariq Jameel led the funeral prayers held at a ground at Sharif Medical City around 5:30pm, after which her body shifted to burial site adjacent to the Sharifs’ residence at Jati Umra.

Kulsoom breathed her last on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Her brother-in-law Shehbaz Sharif, daughter Asma Nawaz, and other Sharif family members accompanied the body from London to Lahore on a Pakistan International Airlines flight.

Pakistan People’s Party delegation comprised former PM Yousuf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Khursheed Shah.

Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar also reached Jati Umra to partake in the procession.

Former president Mamnoon Hussain, former law minister Rana Sanaullah, former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Javed Hashmi, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, NA Speaker Asad Qaiser, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Punjab Housing Minister Mehmoodur Rasheed, former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi, MQM leaders Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Farooq Sattar, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, and Saudi officials were among the attendees.

Former Balochistan chief minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri and Rasikh Elahi, son of Punjab Assembly speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, were prominent among visitors in London.

In Lahore, political leaders and workers including former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khurram Dastagir, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, Malik Pervaiz, Saad Rafique, Ameer Muqam, Ali Pervaiz, Uzma Bokhari and Rana Mohammad Iqbal visited Jati Umra to offer their condolences.