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Body of Nawaz’s mother to arrive from London on Saturday

LAHORE/LONDON: The dead body of Begum Shamim Akhtar, the mother of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shahbaz Sharif, will be air transported from London on November 27 (Friday) and will be received in Lahore by the Sharif family the following day.

According to a report citing sources in the Sharif family, the corpse will arrive in Lahore via British Airways’ BA 259 flight which will land at 6:45 am on Saturday.

Akhtar, who had gone to London in February to live with his elder son, passed away on Sunday. She was in her 90s and had been unwell for a month or so, sources in the party had said.

Following her death, the Sharif family had decided to send the body to Lahore to be buried next to her husband, Mian Sharif, in the family graveyard at its Jati Umra estate.

Nawaz, who has been in London since November last on the pretext of medical treatment, or other members of his family abroad, including former finance minister Ishaq Dar, will not travel to Pakistan to participate in the funeral, the party had confirmed.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government on Tuesday approved the release on parole of Shahbaz and his son Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Hamza Shahbaz on five-day parole to participate in Akhtar’s last rites.

The government, however, will release the father and son only after the arrival of the dead body, reports suggest.

Earlier, Dar, who was at the Avenfield House residence of Nawaz, confirmed the family has received the death certificate. He said a funeral would be held in London on Thursday (November 26).

He further said the arrangements for the funeral were delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown in England. He said a limited number of people will attend the last rites in a London mosque.

Dar said Nawaz was still suffering from kidney pain and, due to his mother’s demise, was in a state of mourning.