PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif and party president Shehbaz Sharif’s mother, Begum Shamim Akhtar, passed away in London on Sunday. She was almost 94 years old and was serious ill for the past few months. Her body will be flown in to Lahore from London and she will be buried in the Sharif family’s ancestral graveyard in the city. Meanwhile, Shahbaz and his son Hamza, who are currently in Kot Lakhpat Jail, have requested a two weeks’ parole so that can attend her funeral rites in Lahore. Arrangements will be made by Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retd) Mohommad Safdar. Several renowned personalities have taken to social media and conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family members.
My condolences and prayers go to the Sharif family on the passing of Mian Nawaz and Mian Shahbaz Sharif's mother. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 22, 2020
Condolences to shareef family on the demise of their beloved mother.May Allah grant her highest place in jannah.May our prayers help you comfort @CMShehbaz
— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) November 22, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan posted, “My condolences and prayers go to the Sharif family on the passing of Mian Nawaz and Mian Shahbaz Sharif’s mother. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.” Actor Fahad Mustafa tweeted, “Condolences to the Shareef family on the demise of their beloved mother. May Allah grant her the highest place in Jannah. May our prayers help you comfort.”
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) November 22, 2020
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
اللہ تعالی مرحومہ کے درجات بلند فرمائیں اور شریف خاندان کو صبر جمیل عطا فرمائیں آمین! مرحومہ نہایت ہی نیک اور بہادر خاتون تھیں- pic.twitter.com/zjaEt72tzk
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) November 22, 2020
Expressing grief, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said, “May Allah Almighty grant her a place in Jannah and grant patience to the mourners.” His father and former president Asif Ali Zardari offered his condolences to the ex-premier and the former Punjab chief minister, saying: “With the death of one’s mother, children are deprived of unparalleled blessings.” In a tweet, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal described Begum Shamim as a “very pious and brave woman”. Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, PML-Q leader and former prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, and his son Moonis Elahi were among several other senior politicians, who also expressed their condolences.