Begum Nusrat Bhutto being remembered today


KARACHI: Widow of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Begum Nusrat Bhutto, is being remembered today (Wednesday) on her second death anniversary, media reported.

Bhutto was mother of assassinated PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto and mother-in-law of former president Asif Ali Zardari.

Born on March 23, 1929, in Esfahan, Iran, Begum Nusrat Bhutto was an Iranian-Pakistani who was the former First Lady of Pakistan.

She became her husband’s successor as the chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from 1979-1983. She was elected Member of National Assembly (MNA) from Larkana in 1988 and 1993.

Nusrat Bhutto had two sons Mir Murtaza Bhutto and Shahnawaz Bhutto and two daughters Benazir Bhutto and Sanam Bhutto.

She comes from the wealthy Hariri Esfahani family in Esfahan. Nusrat Bhutto was said to be of Kurdish descent. Nusrat’s father was a wealthy Iranian businessman who settled in Karachi.

Nusrat met Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Karachi where they got married on September 8, 1951. She was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s second wife, and they had four children together, three of whom she outlived.

She passed away in Dubai on Oct 23, 2011 after a protracted illness. She was 82.