But after Sharif was first imprisoned following a military coup in 1999, Kulsoom Nawaz stepped into the limelight, Farouq said.
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was elected to Lahore's NA-120 constituency in a by-poll after her husband was disqualified from the seat by the Supreme Court previous year, but left for the United Kingdom before she could begin campaigning for the by-poll.
When Nawaz Sharif was deposed after his disqualification as a result of a Supreme Court verdict in July, 2017, Kulsoom Nawaz contested by-election from her husband's vacated constituency NA-120 and won the election. "They had to leave her behind, I don't know what they'll be going through right now".
Referring to her mother, Maryam Nawaz had said that she had dauntlessly challenged a usurper when "most men did not".
Nawaz and Maryam Sharif breaking into tears bidding her farewell.
Pakistan People Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari also condoled with the Sharif family. The political career of the former first lady remains far from any controversy, unlike embroilment of her family members in different cases.
She is survived by her husband and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.
She remained attached with her husband during his struggle against Pervez Musharraf and attended various public gatherings.
She was elected as a member of National Assembly from Lahore in September 2017.
She was placed on life support earlier today as her health deteriorated last night.
Begum Kulsoom led defiant, lonely protests against the Musharraf regime to get her husband freed from prison.
She was diagnosed with lymphoma a year ago, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Pakistan Supreme Court after being ordered to face trial in an anti-corruption court.
On August 23, 2017, United Kingdom doctors confirmed that Kulsoom Nawaz was suffering from cancer and was shifted to London for medical care.