Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif, was an exceptional first lady by any yardstick. Highly educated, she exerted a formidable influence on her husband and his party the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which was elected for three non-consecutive terms.
In the last few months of her life, however, Nawaz, who was mostly unconscious in hospital in London, was left wondering where her husband and daughter Maryam were.
The former first lady of Pakistan did not know that since July they had been in Pakistan, having been served 11-year and eight-year jail terms respectively on corruption charges – sentences that were suspended shortly after her death.
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