Known for her mild nature and humble persona, begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, breathed her last at a hospital in London after a prolonged illness. She was under treatment at London's Harley Street Clinic since July a year ago.
Nawaz, 68, who was first lady of Pakistan three times, was diagnosed with lymphoma in August a year ago and had been receiving treatment at a private hospital in London for months.
The three will be granted parole from the time of Kulsoom Sharif's funeral prayers till her burial, Geo TV reported, citing Interior Ministry sources. She was closest to former premier Nawaz Sharif in terms of relation but was not dragged into the Panama Papers controversy that led to the disqualification of her husband.
Kulsoom played a crucial role in ensuring that the PML-N remained functional during the most hard of times.
"My sister-in-law and wife of Mian Nawaz Sharif, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is no more".
For her undergraduate studies, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz attended the Forman Christian College and then pursued a Masters degree at the Punjab University.
She underwent multiple surgeries and at least five chemotherapy sessions, but did not recover.
But life as a politician in her own right was not to be for Ms Nawaz.
The US Embassy in Islamabad as well as the leaders of other political parties also sent condolences, as Pakistani social media was quickly flooded with messages.
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz had emerged victorious with 61,745 votes while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf s (PTI) Dr Yasmin Rashid remained the runner-up with 47,099 votes.
When Nawaz and Maryam Sharif left London for Pakistan in July, they knew they faced lengthy jail terms and would likely not see Ms Nawaz again. Both Nawaz and Maryam were sentenced to jai in the case.
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.