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Begum Nusrat Bhutto dies in Dubai

nusrat bhutto 213x300 Begum Nusrat Bhutto dies in DubaiBegum Nusrat Bhutto was born on 23 March 1929, former first lady of Pakistan, widow of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and mother of Ms Sanam Bhutto, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Mir Murtaza Bhutto and Mir Shahnawaz Bhutto. Nusrat met Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Karachi where they got married on September 8, 1951.
As first lady from 1973-1977, Nusrat Bhutto functioned as a political hostess and accompanied her husband on a number of overseas visits. In 1979, after the trial and execution of her husband, she and her daughters were imprisoned and put under house arrest by the new regime of Zia-ul-Haq. However, due to health concerns she was later permitted to leave the country for London, where she was later joined by her daughters Benazir and Sanam. She became leader of the People’s Party of Pakistan during her London exile and although she was chairman of the party for life. After returning to Pakistan in the late 1980s, she served several terms as an MP to the National Assembly from the family constituency of Larkana in Sindh. Also, during the administrations of her daughter Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, she became a Cabinet Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
She outlived three of her children Murtaza, Benazir and Shahnawaz Bhutto. Of the immediate family, only Sanam Bhutto, daughter of Nusrat and ZA Bhutto remains. She suffered from the combined effects of a stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease .She passed away on October 23, 2011. Begum Nusrat Bhutto was 82 years old at the time of her death.

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