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Wife of Pakistan's jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif dies in London

THE cancer-stricken wife of Pakistan's jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif died in London on Tuesday while her husband and daughter were in prison, officials said.
Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma. She was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Pakistan Supreme Court, which ordered him to face trial in an anti-corruption court.
"The wife of Mian Nawaz Sharif is no more among us. May God rest her in peace," Shehbaz Sharif, the former prime minister's brother, said on Twitter.
New Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a statement offering condolences, and said the government"as per law" would provide assistance to the family.
"She was a courageous woman of great dignity and confronted her disease with fortitude," Khan said on Twitter.
It was not immediately clear whether Nawaz Sharif or his daughter, Maryam, might be released from prison to attend funeral services.
Nawaz Sharif was in London with Kulsoom earlier this year when the anti-corruption court handed him a 10-year jail term and sentenced his presumed political heir, Maryam, to seven years in prison over the purchase of luxury flats in London in the 1990s.
The father and daughter left her bedside to return to Pakistan to rally their followers ahead of July 25 elections, which their party lost to the former cricket star Imran Khan's party. Both were arrested on arrival and have been imprisoned since.

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