Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been temporarily released from prison to attend the funeral of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who passed away on Tuesday, state media reported.
Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar were released on parole from a prison in the northern city of Rawalpindi, where they are serving 10 and seven-year prison terms respectively for corruption, late on Tuesday.
They have travelled to the eastern city of Lahore, where they will remain under police guard until their return to prison in the coming days.
Former first lady Kulsoom Nawaz died in London on Tuesday after suffering from a prolonged illness. She was 68.
Nawaz’s funeral prayers will be offered at a London mosque, the party said, after which her body will be transported to Lahore for burial on Friday.
Three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were convicted in July by an anti-corruption court for not being able to prove the source of funds used to purchase a set of upmarket London apartments during Sharif’s previous terms in power.