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Nawaz Sharif walks out of jail on parole for wife's funeral

September 13, 2018 00:00:00

ISLAMABAD, Sept 12 (AFP): Pakistan's jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter have been temporarily released on parole for the funeral of his wife, government and party sources said Wednesday.

Kulsoom Nawaz died of cancer in London on Tuesday, two months after her husband and daughter returned to Pakistan and were immediately jailed for corruption.

Sharif had travelled home in a bid to rally support for his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party days before a bitterly fought general election.

Handout pictures released by PML-N on Wednesday showed Sharif and his daughter Maryam aboard a plane after their release late Tuesday and arriving in the city of Lahore, where the former first lady's funeral will be held.

The pair "have initially been released for 12 hours to attend the funeral but the release can be extended by the home department", an official at Rawalpindi central jail told the news agency.

Local media reported the funeral would be held on Friday, with their parole likely to last until after the service concluded.

Sharif's wife Nawaz, 68, had been at her husband's side throughout his decades-long political career, which saw him elected prime minister of Pakistan three times.

She was diagnosed with lymphoma in August last year and had been receiving treatment at a private hospital in London for months.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif arrives in Lahore on Wednesday after being released temporarily on parole for the funeral of his wife — AFP

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