ISLAMABAD: Begum Shamim Akhtar, the mother of deposed prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and party President Shahbaz Sharif, passed away in London on Sunday morning, party leaders confirmed.
The cause of her death could not be immediately ascertained.
She had travelled to London in February and had since been living there with her son, Nawaz. At the time, PML-N central spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that she had left “to be with her son while he undergoes heart treatment”.
قائد محمد نوازشریف کی والدہ ماجدہ لندن روانہ ہورہی ہیں
آپی جی کی لندن روانگی محمد نوازشریف کو دل کی تکلیف
کے تناظر میں ہورہی ہے.آپی جی ضعیف اور بیمار ماں اپنے بیٹے کے علاج کے لئے لندن روانہ ہورہی ہیں @pmln_org
— Marriyum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) February 15, 2020
According to PML-N MPA Azma Bukhari, Akhtar’s condition had become critical over the last week and she breathed her last at home on Sunday morning. She was around 93 to 94 years old, she further said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, federal ministers and leaders of various political parties have expressed profound grief over the death of Shamim Bibi.
PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz on Sunday left Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) Peshawar rally abruptly after the news of the demise of her grandmother.
“I came to meet you but I just found out my grandmother passed away in London,” she said in a short address and asked the people to pray for the departed soul and the health of her father.
In a tweet, Maryam regretted the government’s attitude following the demise of her grandmother. “No government official was humane enough to inform me of my grandmother’s death. I have requested Mian Sahib [Nawaz Sharif] not to come back at all. These are tyrants and vengeful blind people from whom no kind of humanity is expected,” she wrote on her official Twitter handle.
Later, a news report, citing former foreign minister Ishaq Dar, said that Nawaz will not be able to come to Pakistan as he has been advised by his doctors to avoid travelling because of his own ailing health.