Thou­sands at­tend Sharif wife fu­neral

Turkey, Pak­istan up ties

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

LA­HORE, Pak­istan, Sept 15, (Agen­cies): Thou­sands of mourn­ers at­tended the fu­neral of for­mer Pak­istani prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif’s wife in the eastern city of La­hore on Fri­day.

Kul­soom Nawaz, 68, was one of the coun­try’s most well-re­garded politi­cians. She died on Tues­day af­ter months of ly­ing in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at a Lon­don hos­pi­tal. She had un­der­gone surgery for throat can­cer last year.

Her body was brought to her home city of La­hore by plane early Fri­day, and she was laid to rest at her fam­ily’s grave­yard.

Sharif, who was tem­po­rar­ily freed from prison along with his daugh­ter and her hus­band, at­tended his wife’s fu­neral, as an es­ti­mated 10,000 of his sup­port­ers gath­ered out­side his house to ex­press their con­do­lences.

Sharif and his two de­tained fam­ily mem­bers are serv­ing prison terms for con­vic­tions on cor­rup­tion charges.

Pak­istan’s Supreme Court last year dis­qual­i­fied Sharif from hold­ing of­fice and later an anti-graft tri­bunal con­victed him and his rel­a­tives. He served as prime min­is­ter three times dur­ing his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, which be­gan in the 1980s.

Sharif will be re­turned to jail along with his daugh­ter and her hus­band on Mon­day, when a court is ex­pected to rule on his bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

Sharif’s two sons, who live in Bri­tain, missed their mother’s fu­neral in La­hore. They did not re­turn home to avoid po­ten­tial ar­rest over cor­rup­tion cases. Has­san Nawaz and Hus­sain Nawaz at­tended a sep­a­rate fu­neral for their mother in Lon­don on Thurs­day.

Pak­istan, Turkey bol­ster ties:

Pak­istan and Turkey on Fri­day have agreed to bol­ster their trade, eco­nomic, in­vest­ment and de­fense re­la­tions dur­ing the of­fi­cial visit by Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu to Pak­istan.

The un­der­stand­ing came dur­ing del­e­ga­tion level talks in fed­eral cap­i­tal Is­lam­abad led by the Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter and his Pak­istani coun­ter­part Shah Mah­mood Qureshi re­spec­tively.

Ad­dress­ing a joint press con­fer­ence af­ter the meet­ing, Qureshi said the meet­ing also pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss the progress on Free Trade Agree­ment (FTA).

He said it has been agreed to re­vive the process of talks on FTA and take it to log­i­cal con­clu­sion at the ear­li­est.

Pak­istani For­eign Min­is­ter pointed out that a high level strate­gic coun­cil ex­ists be­tween the two coun­tries which pro­vide mech­a­nism to en­sure im­ple­men­ta­tion on the al­ready signed projects.


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