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Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral to be held in Lahore today

LAHORE: Former first lady Kulsoom Nawaz will be laid to rest today after her remains reached the provincial capital earlier on Friday.

Kulsoom breathed her last on Tuesday after a protracted battle with cancer. Brother-in-law Shehbaz Sharif, daughter Asma Nawaz, sons of Hussain Nawaz and other Sharif family members accompanied the body from London to Lahore on a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight.

The body was transported to Sharif Medical Complex amid tight security. Kulsoom’s funeral prayers, led by renowned cleric Tariq Jameel, will be offered at 5pm.

A large number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and workers, including leaders of other political parties, are expected to attend the funeral prayers of the former first lady. She will be laid to rest at the Sharif family graveyard in Jati Umra.

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

Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar and senior leaders of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will also participate in the funeral procession. Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Chaudhry Shujaat, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq and Liaquat Baloch are also expected to attend the funeral. A high-level PPP delegation will also be in attendance.

On Thursday, hundreds attended Kulsoom’s funeral prayers held at Regent Park mosque in London.

The final prayers for Kulsoom were attended by sons Hassan and Hussain, who are unable to travel to Pakistan after being declared absconders in the accountability trial following the Panamagate verdict.

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