ISLAMABAD - The Sharif family has politely declined government’s offer to assist them in shifting the body of Kulsoom Nawaz to Pakistan.

The family, while thanking the Pakistani High Commission in London for the offer, said they would look after the preparations of last rites and the shifting of the body themselves.

Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier in the day had directed officials at the high commission to provide every possible legal assistance to the family and relatives of Kulsoom Nawaz.

Her funeral prayers will be offered at Regent’s Park in London Thursday and her body will be brought back to Pakistan via a PIA flight after fulfilling legal obligations Friday morning. A second funeral prayer will be offered following Friday prayers after which Kulsoom will be buried alongside her father-in-law, Mian Sharif, at Jati Umra.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government would provide all necessary facilitations to Sharif family in the performance of the last rituals of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Soon after hearing the news of Begum Kulsoom’s demise in London where she was undergoing throat cancer treatment, Imran Khan expressed deep sorrow over her demise and directed the relevant quarters to provide all necessary assistance in connection with her last rights. The statement issued by the Prime Minister office read: “Government will provide all assistance to the bereaved family, as per law.”

At the same time, Imran Khan instructed the Pakistan High Commission in London to extend necessary cooperation to the family. Imran Khan was chairing a meeting when he was informed about the demise of Begum Kulsoom in London and he immediately passed these directions.

Sources aware of the developments taking place on this front informed that the government would show leniency toward Sharif family and extend all sort of facilitation in performance of last rituals of Begum Kulsoom.

Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar would likely be released on parole to attend the funeral of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and even they could be allowed to attend Qul of the late lady.