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Begum Nusrat Bhutto

Begum Nusrat Bhutto

An Irani lady, widow of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the honorable woman Begum Nusrat Bhutto was born on 23rd March 1929, belongs to an Ispahani family in Esfahan, Iran from the province Kurdistan. She was the daughter of a famous Iranian businessman, who established in Karachi, British India before its detachment. She studied from University of Isfahan and acquired bachelor in Arts in Humanities. In Karachi this beautiful Irani lady met Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and got married, it was to be his second marriage and this marriage proved to be a great turning point in Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s life. They had four children named as Murtaza, Benazir, Sanam and Shahnawaz Bhutto.

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She uses to accompany his husband in numerous overseas visits. But unfortunately Begum Nusrat Bhutto and her daughters were incarcerated and put under house arrest by the new government of Zia-ul-haq due to the trial and execution of her husband; against Zia-Ul-Haq she led a PPP’s campaign. Then she left the country due to her health concerns as she was suffering from cancer and was shifted to London for the treatment. Later her daughters joined her and their names are Benazir and Sanam. She also suffered from the combined effects of a stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. After her health recoveries she became the leader of the party and was also the chairman of the party for life and later her post was replaced by her daughter Benazir Bhutto.

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In 1980, she came back to Pakistan and pursue as the cabinet minister and Deputy Prime Minister during the administration of her daughter Benazir. She was even a prisoner in Sihala and been arrested numerous times. She was also attacked with batons by the police at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Last few years of her life she lived with her daughter’s family in UAE. After the death of Mir Murtaza Bhutto in 1996, she withdrew from public life. Her daughter Benazir Bhutto died when she was under treatment and did not know about the assassination of her beloved daughter because her disease was so advanced.

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Till October 23, 2011 she was on ventilator until her death. Her age was 82 at the time of her death. On the next day of her death Nusrat’s dead body was flown to her native land Garhi Khuda Baksh in Larkana District and was buried next to her children and husband in the Bhutto family mausoleum

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