Kulsoom, 68, wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, breathed her last on Tuesday at London's Harley Street Clinic after a prolonged illness, where She remained under treatment since June 2017, and was placed on life support last night after her health deteriorated.
LONDON: The flight carrying Kulsoom Nawaz's body departed for Pakistan late on Thursday from Heathrow airport after being delayed for an hour. The family is now meeting people in Jati Umra, who have come to pay homage to Begum Kulsoom.
Meanwhile, Kulsoom's funeral prayers are being held at London Central Mosque near Regent Park attended by PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz's sons Hussain and Hassan and other family members.
Kulsoom Nawaz's body was later transported to the family's Jati Umra residence.
MMA Chief Maulana Fazl ur Rehman also reached Jati Umra to offer condolences to Nawaz Sharif on the death of his wife.
Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, Begum Kulsoom's sons, did not return to the country for their mother's funeral.
The parole of Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam, and son-in-law Capt (retd) Mohammad Safdar was extended by three days on Wednesday to allow them to attend the funeral of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, according to a media report.
Kulsoom Nawaz died at a hospital this week after remaining in critical condition for months. The funeral prayers will be offered at the Regent Park mosque on Thursday afternoon and her body will be flown to Lahore after completion of legal formalities.
A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's female delegation will attend the funeral prayers for the former first lady. Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) M Safdar, now serving jail terms in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July, have been released on parole to attend Kulsoom's funeral.
The Home Department yesterday initially increased the parole limit to three days with effect from 12midnight Wednesday, but later extended it to five days (until Sunday midnight) to enable the incarcerated Sharifs to participate in the last rites of Begum Kulsoom.