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Imran Khan wished Kulsoom Nawaz best of health

23 August, 2017

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Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan as well as party leaders Shireen Mazari and Asad Umar wished Kulsoom an early recovery in the fight against cancer.

"I wish her the best as she fights this disease and pray she wins her battle against cancer," Imran Khan wrote on Twitter.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has made a telephone call to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to convey his wishes for the health of the former premier's wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

During the call, Gen Bajwa "expressed his best wishes and prayers for [the] health of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif", Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Former first lady Kulsoom Nawaz was diagnosed with cancer while undergoing medical tests in London.

Her younger son Hassan Nawaz confirmed her ailment. Being in initial stages, the disease is curable, a leader of the ruling PML-N on Tuesday quoted him as saying from London.

Kulsoom is PML-N’s candidate in the by-election for the National Assembly seat NA-120, Lahore-III, which fell vacant after the de-seating of her husband, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, as a result of the July 28 Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers case.

She had played a key role in rescuing her husband and the party after the coup by then army chief Gen Pervez Musharraf in 1999.

At a time when all men of the family had been incarcerated by the Musharraf regime and the party’s leaders had either gone into hiding or become inactive, Kulsoom came out all alone and, as the PML-N president, led a campaign that mobilised the activists and eventually forced the government to release her family.

Before and after the period between 1999 and 2002, she opted to remain in the background and did not join active politics whether her husband was the prime minister (1990-93, 1997-99 and 2013-17) or in the opposition. Because of her ailment, she may not be able to run her election campaign. The polling will be held on Sept 17.

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