LONDON: Funeral prayer of Begum Shamim Akhtar, mother of Mian Nawaz Sharif (former prime minister of Pakistan) and Mian Shahbaz Sharif (former chief minister of Punjab) and presently President of PML-N and opposition leader in National Assembly, was held at Islamic Centre, central London on Friday.
Mian Nawaz Sharif, his both sons Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, brother-in-law and former finance minister Ishaq Dar and other leaders and workers of his party attended the prayer at the Islamic Centre. Later, the dead body was taken to Heathrow airport to send it to Lahore.
Begum Shamim Akhtar was laid to rest on Saturday in Lahore’s Jati Umrah area. Her funeral prayers were offered in Lahore at the Sharif Medical City, Raiwind. The prayers were led by Maulana Raghim Naeemi and attended by scores of PML-N leaders and workers. She was buried next to her husband Mohammad Sharif.
A day earlier, her body was sent to Pakistan from London via British Airways flight BA-059. Upon arriving in Lahore, it was handed over to her son, Shahbaz who was at the Lahore airport along with his son Hamza Shahbaz to receive it.
PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb and PML-N’s Attaullah Tarar were also present at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, along with hundreds of party workers.
Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Sharif were released from Kot Lakhpat Jail on parole to enable them to participate in funeral. Both of them sent back to prison on Thursday.
PML-N leaders Abid Sher Ali, Raja Shakoor Khan, Ejaz Gul, Nasir Bhutt, Rashid Hashmi, Raja Akram Nawaz, Dr. Ashraf Chohan, Choudhry Jehangir Samahini Usman Khan, Raja Kamran, Iqbal Sandhu, Imran Khan, Choudhry Ansar Mahmood, Choudhry Ishtiaq, Raja Sajid, Saif Khan, Raja Nisar, Anwar Malik, Rashid Nasrullah, Mr. Ali and others.
Earlier, ex-finance minister Ishaq Dar had announced that Nawaz Sharif would not be able to accompany his mother’s body to Pakistan as he was not declared medically fit to travel by his doctors.
Begum Shamim Akhtar passed away in London on November 22 at the age of 89. She had developed a severe chest infection and was suffering from an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s Disease. Her condition had deteriorated and she could not regain her health due to old age.
The deceased was receiving treatment at a London hospital and her body was previously kept at the Avenfield Apartments where she was staying with Nawaz Sharif.