Pakistan ex-premier released on parole for wife’s funeral

ISLAMABAD (AP) – A provincial government in Pakistan has released former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son in-law on parole after Sharif’s wife died at a hospital in London.

Mushahidullah Khan, a spokesman for Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League party, said Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Mohammad Safdar were temporarily released from a prison in Rawalpindi early yesterday and flown to the eastern city of Lahore.

Kulsoom Nawaz was suffering from throat cancer. She died on Tuesday in London at the age of 68. Her funeral is likely to be held in Lahore tomorrow.

Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law are serving 10, seven and one-year sentences respectively in a corruption case. The Supreme Court last year disqualified Sharif from holding office and later an anti-graft tribunal convicted him and his relatives.

Supporters of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif mourn the death of his wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, in Lahore Pakistan. – AP