LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) announces to observe Youm-e-Kulsoom on October 12 to mark the democratic struggle of Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
The announcement in this regard was made by PML-N president Sindh, Shah Mohammad Shah.
The party remembers Oct 12, 1999 as the black day in the history of Pakistan when the then General Pervez Musharraf overthrew the PML-N government and took charge.
The party also held ceremony at Muslim League House Karachi for the departed soul of Kulsoom Nawaz.
Further highlighting the role of Kulsoom Nawaz in country‘s politics, Shah said that Pakistan had been deprived of a great pro-democratic woman.
He said that Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (r) Safdar were treated worse than the normal prisoners. Shah said that such tactics couldn’t stop Muslim League movement.
Kulsoom was born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family.
Kulsoom became First Lady of Pakistan for the first time after her husband, Nawaz Sharif, became Prime Minister of Pakistan on 1 November 1990 when his political alliance, Islami Jamhoori Ittehad, won 104 of 207 seats contested in the general election of 1990.
His first term as Prime Minister ended in July 1993.
She became First Lady of Pakistan for the second time after Nawaz Sharif became Prime Minister of Pakistan when his party, Pakistan Muslim League (N), won the Pakistani general election in 1997. His second term as Prime Minister was ended when then Chief of Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf led a military coup d’état against him on 12 October 1999.
Kulsoom was arrested by the military and immediately shifted to her local residence.
She became First Lady of Pakistan for the third time after Nawaz Sharif became Prime Minister of Pakistan when his party, Pakistan Muslim League (N), won the Pakistani general election, 2013.
When Nawaz Sharif was deposed after his disqualification as a result of a Supreme Court verdict in July, 2017, Kulsoom Nawaz contested by-election from her husband’s vacated constituency NA-120 and won the election.