Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz has made it clear the Nawaz Sharif and his family members are not restricted to attend the funeral of Begum Shamim Akhtar.
On Tuesday, he took to his Twitter handle and said that Nawaz, his sons Hassan and Hussain, and Ishaq Dar were free to return to Pakistan. He also warned them against politicizing the matter.
Begum Shamim Akhtar, who was suffering from severe chest pain and worsening dementia, had passed away Sunday afternoon at the Avenfield apartments, where she was staying with her son, Nawaz Sharif.
The body had been transferred to the London Central Mosque’s mortuary late Sunday night after the coroner and local police spent about three hours at the Sharif family’s apartment to complete paperwork to determine the cause of death and other legal requirements.
Her funeral will be held at London Central Mosque after the Westminster Magistrates’ Court coroner issues the death certificate. As per United Kingdom’s coronavirus guidelines, the number of participants at the funeral is limited to 30.
The Sharif family was also waiting for a repatriation clearance from the Westminster Magistrates’ Court coroner in order for the body of Nawaz Sharif’s mother to be taken to Pakistan for burial in Jati Umrah.
Earlier in February, late Begum Shamim had departed for London to see her ailing son Nawaz Sharif.
نواز شریف، ان کے سمدھی اسحاق ڈار اور صاحبزادوں حسن اور حسین کے پاکستان آنے پر کوئی قدغن نہیں۔وہ تشریف لائیں اور مرحومہ بیگم شمیم اختر صاحبہ کے جنازے میں شرکت فرما کر ثواب دارین حاصل کریں ۔ریاستی جبر کا پروپیگنڈہ دانستہ اس معاملے میں سیاست کرنا ہے۔ آپ کسے بے وقوف بنا رہے ہیں؟
— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) November 24, 2020