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Saudi, Iranian envoys call on Nawaz Sharif, condole demise of Begum Kulsoom

Saudi, Iranian envoys call on Nawaz Sharif, condole demise of Begum Kulsoom

LONDON: The flight carrying Kulsoom Nawaz's body departed for Pakistan late on Thursday from Heathrow airport after being delayed for an hour.

First Nimaze Janaza of the deceased will be held at 4:15 (PST) at the Central Mosque Regent Park London today while the second funeral prayer will be offered in Pakistan at 5pm at Sharif Medical City, Jatiumra.

Sharif is unable to meet visitors arriving at Jati Umra to extend condolences as his health deteriorated on Wednesday, family sources said.

The former three-time premier, who was accompanied by Sharif family members to pay respects to Begum Kulsoom at Sharif Medical City after her body was brought to Lahore, is now meeting guests in Jati Umra.

Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, Begum Kulsoom's sons, did not return to the country for their mother's funeral. They have also received the "out-of-England" letter from the coroner's court, paving the way for the departure of her body for Lahore on Thursday evening.

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Former Punjab chief minister and brother of Nawaz, Shehbaz Sharif last morning left for London through a foreign airline to bring back the body of his sister-in-law.

Condolences continued to pour in for the Sharif family, upon Kulsoom Nawaz's demise. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Peoples Party's delegations will attend the funeral prayers, Geo News reported.

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.

The home department said the period of parole has been extended until 12 am on Monday.

Earlier, the former premier, his daughter and son-in-law were released from Adiala Jail on parole, hours after Nawaz's ailing wife Begum Kulsoom passed away at a hospital in London on Tuesday. Nawaz, their daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) M Safdar, who are serving prison terms in connection with a corruption case, were granted parole to attend the funeral.