(Dunya News) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to observe ‘Youm-e-Kulsoom’ on October 12 to remember struggle of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife.

PML-N workers across the country are holding Quran Khuwani at their local offices for Begum Kulsoom Nawaz

Talking to media, PML-N president in Sindh Shah Mohammad Shah termed the demise as great loss.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, passed away at London’s Harley Street Clinic on Tuesday after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Kulsoom was born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family. She attended Islamia College and graduated from Forman Christian College in Lahore. She also received a Master’s degree in Urdu from the University of the Punjab in 1970.

She married Nawaz Sharif in 1971, and served as the president of the PML-N from 1999 to 2002.

Kulsoom had remained the first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.

After the disqualification of Sharif from Supreme Court last year, Kulsoom Nawaz was given party ticket to contest by-election from NA-120.

Kulsoom was elected to Lahore’s NA-120 constituency in a by-poll against Dr Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) among other candidates. However; she was unable to return due to her illness. Her election campaign was run by her daughter, Maryam Nawaz.

She died at London’s Harley Street Clinic after prolonged battle against cancer.