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Mother of democracy Begum Nusrat Bhutto dies

DUBAI: Nusrat Bhutto, widow of former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and mother of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, passed away in Dubai on Sunday.

The federal government to announce one day of mourning due to her demise. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has announced the suspension of all political activity in the wake of the former First Lady’s death.

Begum Nusrat Bhutto was 82 years old at the time of her death.
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.

Sources said that arrangements are being made to bring her body back to Karachi. Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that her body will be taken for burial to Garhi Khuda Bux, the ancestral graveyard of the Bhutto family.

Bhutto had been recovering from a stroke while simultaneously battling Alzheimer’s disease.

She had functioned as a political hostess and accompanied ZA Bhutto on overseas visits.

In 1979, after the trial and execution of her husband, she succeeded him as leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party as chairman for life.

In 1982 she was given permission to leave the country by the military government of General Ziaul Haq for medical treatment in London at which point her daughter, Benazir Bhutto, became acting leader of the party and by 1984 Benazir became party chairman.

Source: The Express Tribune

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Various political leaders from across the board have expressed sorrow and condolence over the sad demise of Nusrat Bhutto while the PPP has suspended all political activities to mourn the death.

Profile: Begum Nusrat Bhutto

Nusrat Bhutto leaves behind legacy of political struggle

Begum Nusrat Bhutto waged almost a decade long political struggle for revival of democracy, restoration of Constitution and upholding of fundamental rights of Pakistani people in the face of brutal dictatorship.Begum Nusrat Bhutto was born on September 21, 1929, former first lady of Pakistan, widow of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and mother of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

As First Lady from 1973-77, Nusrat Bhutto functioned as a political leader 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 placed under house arrest by the then regime of late dictator 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 PPP during her London exile and although she was chairperson of the party for life, her daughter Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto later replaced her.

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 Benazir, she became a cabinet minister.

As a self-less member of the Womens’ National Guard, she rendered herself day and night into the relief operation of the millions of the uprooted refugees, feeding them, providing them shelter and succour.

She had been proud of Pakistanis by representing her country at various international forums and her contribution as the chairperson of the Red Crescent had gone a long way in improving the country’s image. She has also received various international awards for her immense contribution to the greatest good of the largest number especially workers, women and children.

Begum Nusrat Bhutto had always been a fighter. She fought the battle for the empowerment of the people in the streets against dictatorship.(APP)

Nusrat Bhutto: Another Bhutto gone

A tribute to Nusrat Bhutto

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  • بیگم نصرت بھٹو دبئی میں انتقال کر گئیں

    کراچی (مانیٹرنگ ڈیسک)پاکستان کی سابق وزیراعظم بے نظیر بھٹو کی والدہ بیگم نصرت بھٹو دبئی میں طویل علالت کے بعد انتقال کر گئیں۔ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کو پھانسی کے بعد وہ پیپلز پارٹی کی سربراہ بھی رہیں۔ ان کی اولاد میں صرف صنم بھٹو حیات ہیں۔ پاکستان کی سابق خاتون اول نصرت بھٹو 33مارچ 1929ءکو ایران کے شہر اصفہان میں پیداہوئیں۔ ان کا تعلق حریری خاندان سے تھا جس کا شمار ایران کے دولت مند گھرانوں میں ہوتا ہے۔ نصرت بھٹو کے والد ایران سے کراچی میں منتقل ہوگئے تھے۔ آٹھ ستمبر 1951ءکو ان کی شادی سابق وزیراعظم ذوالفقار بھٹو سے ہوئی۔ نصرت بھٹو کی بے نظیر بھٹو سمیت دو بیٹیاں اور دو بیٹے تھے۔ 1979ءمیں ذوالفقار بھٹو کو پھانسی کے بعد وہ پیپلز پارٹی کی سربراہ بنیں۔ انیس سو بیاسی میں کینسر کے مرض کے باعث ضیاءحکومت نے اِ نہیں علاج کے لئے لندن جانے کی اجازت دی تھی۔ وطن واپسی کے بعد وہ لاڑکانہ سے کئی مرتبہ رکن قومی اسمبلی منتخب ہوئیں۔ بے نظیر بھٹو کے دور میں وہ وفاقی وزیر اور نائب وزیر اعظم بھی رہیں۔ اِنہوں نے متحدہ عرب امارات میں کئی سال بے نظیر کے ساتھ گزارے۔ دل کی تکلیف اور الزائمر کے اٹیک کے باعث وہ طویل عرصے سے کوما کی حالت میں تھیں۔ اِن کی اولاد میں اب صرف صنم بھٹو حیات ہیں جنہوں نے سیاست سے مکمل طور پر کنارہ کشی اختیار کر رکھی ہے۔ ان کی بیٹی محترمہ بے نظیر بھٹو اور دونوں بیٹے شاہنواز بھٹو، مرتضیٰ بھٹو ان کی زندگی میں ہی قتل ہوئے۔ مرتضیٰ بھٹو کے قتل کے بعد وہ سکتے کی کیفیت میں چلی گئیں۔ بیگم نصرت بھٹو آخری دم تک اپنی بیٹی بے نظیر بھٹو کے المناک قتل سے بھی بے خبر تھیں۔ ان کی عمر 82 سال تھی اور کینسر کے عارضہ میں مبتلا ہونے کے باعث عرصہ سے دبئی کے ہسپتال میں زیر علاج تھیں.صدارتی ترجمان فرحت اللہ بابر نے دبئی میں بیگم نصرت بھٹو کے انتقال کی خبر کی تصدیق کر دی ہے.صدارتی ترجمان کے مطابق نصرت بھٹو کی تدفین گھڑی خدا بخش میں کی جائے گی. ادھر صدر آصف زرداری بیگم نصر بھٹو کے انتقال کی خبر ملتے ہی دبئی پہنچ گئے۔ بیگم نصرت بھٹو کے انتقال کی خبر لندن میں موجود بلاول بھٹو اور صنم بھٹو کو بھی دے دی گئی۔ بیگم نصرت بھٹو کے جسد خاکی کو پاکستان لانے کے انتظامات شروع کر دئیے گئے ہیں۔ صدارتی ترجمان کے مطابق نصرت بھٹو کا جسد خاکی پاکستان لانے کیلئے انتظامات کئے جا رہے ہیں۔ فریال تالپور نصرت بھٹو تدفین کے انتظامات کی نگرانی کریں گی۔ انھیں گڑھی خدابخش میں سپردخاک کیا جائے گا


  • Death of an Icon: Nusrat Bhutto (1929-2011)

    Nusrat Bhutto, former first lady of Pakistan, passed away in Dubai on Oct. 23 at the age of 82.

    Bhutto, the widow of former Pakistani president and prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had been suffering from cancer and Alzheimer’s. She had been living in Dubai since at least 1998 with her daughter Benazir and her grandchildren Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Aseefa, and had largely been kept away from the public.

    Bhutto was a style icon, the personification of grace under pressure, and a sharp politician in her own right. She was Bhutto’s second wife, and played a pivotal role in kick-starting his political career using her Iranian heritage to win favor for her husband with then president Iskander Mirza. She took over the Pakistan Peoples Party after her husband’s government was ousted by Gen. Zia-ul-Haq in 1977. During the Zia years, as the second ever chief of the PPP, she braved batons and arrest and worked alongside politicians once inimical to her husband for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan. She was elected to the National Assembly in 1977, in 1988, when Benazir became the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state, and again in 1997.

    Bhutto’s lot was a tragic one. Her husband was executed by Zia’s military regime in 1979. Her son Shahnawaz died under mysterious circumstances in Cannes in 1985, her other son, Murtaza—whom she supported over Benazir to lead the PPP after his return from exile in 1993—was gunned down 15 years ago just outside the Bhutto mansion in Karachi, and Benazir was assassinated on Dec. 27, 2007, after concluding a political rally in Rawalpindi.

    The news of Bhutto’s death elicited an outpouring of sympathy across the political spectrum with coalition and opposition parties issuing tributes to her, marveling at her courage, and recalling the Greek tragedy-like story of the Bhuttos. Speaking on cable news channels from Karachi, Murtaza’s daughter, Fatima Bhutto, said she learnt of her grandmother’s death through the media. “She was more than just a role model,” she said, weeping. Fatima said Benazir’s family had kept her away from her grandmother for over 15 years.

    Bhutto is survived by daughter Sanam, who lives a quiet life in London, and eight grandchildren. She will be buried in Garhi Khuda Bukhsh, alongside her husband and three children.


  • Firdous Ashiq eulogizes Nusrat Bhutto’s sacrifices for democracy

    ISLAMABAD, Oct 23 (APP): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Asiq Awan said on Sunday the people owe a lot to Begum Nusrat Butto who played a vital role in the restoration of democracy in the country.Talking to Pakistan Television (PTV), she paid glowing tribute to Begum Nusrat Bhutto for her efforts to strengthen the democratic culture and institutions in the country.The Minister made a particular mention of Begum Nusrat Bhutto for keeping Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) fully functional in the wake of Martyrdom of Zulfikar Bhutto Shaheed.
    “I don’t have the words to pay tribute to this great personality (Nusrat Bhutto),” Dr Firdous said.
    She said Nusrat Bhutto had a visionary roadmap and she never lost hope as well as courage in the most difficult times and situations.
    The Minister said Begum Bhutto was a very courageous woman who witnessed the martyrdom of her husband, a daughter and two sons, but she never stepped back from her principled stand against dictatorship.
    Dr. Firdous said the workers of PPP has lost their mother in the demise of Begum Nusrat Bhutto. “Bhutto family has written a history of democracy in the country and Begum Bhutto played an important role in this struggle,” she added.
    The Minister said Begum Bhutto was a role model for woman, who had to strengthen democracy in the county as well as foil conspiracies against democratic government.
    “We have to move forward with the vision of Bhutto” the Minister said and added the future of Pakistan was linked to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who has the potential to play an important role in materializing the Bhutto’s Philosophy and leading the youth who constitute the 65 percent population of the country.
    The Minister expressed the full determination to stand by President Asif Ali Zardari in his efforts to further strengthen democracy in the country.


  • A great woman. A woman who sacrificed most in her life. There arent many who lose so much in a lifetime. A husband, two sons and a daughter. Traumatised by cancer and then alzheimer’s disease, she gave all that she earned in her life in this lifetime. May Allah rest her soul in peace.

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