Up until her husband's ousting past year, Kulsoom Sharif had never been a politician, but she memorably led protests after a 1999 military coup that ended a previous Sharif administration.
After her husband's government was dismissed by General Pervez Musharraf in a military coup and her husband was jailed, Kulsoom took over as the party's President. "I will attend Kulsoom Bibi's funeral", he said.
The Sharif family has chose to bring back her body to Pakistan from London. On the PM's instructions, a delegation from the Pakistani High Commission in London visited the Sharif family and offered their help in transportation of the body but they were told that the family would itself make arrangements in this regard. Both are now serving jail sentence with Maryam's husband Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdarin Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July. She was diagnosed with lymphoma a year ago, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court, which ordered him to face trial in an anti-corruption court.
Born into a Kashmiri family in Pakistan's Punjab, Kulsoom graduated from the Forman Christian College University.
She had the honour of serving as the first lady thrice in her lifetime.
Nawaz and Kulsoom married in 1971 and had four children - Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.
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Mushahidullah Khan said that they would apply for the release of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz from jail to attend the last rites of the deceased.
Over the last 30 years, she had stood by her husband and advised him on various government affairs.
There was some initial criticism of the PML-N leadership by those who saw the trip overseas as evidence the party was taking its voters for granted. Due to her illness, Begum Kulsoom was unable to return and formally take oath for the seat. "She's contributed famously to my father's life and to democracy in Pakistan".
But some observers pointed out that Kulsoom Nawaz was no political novice.
Offering his condolences to the bereaved family, the PPP leader termed the demise a great loss.
Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Najam Sethi also expressed his grief. "May God bless her soul".