Sunday, 23 October 2011

"Bagum Nusrat Bhutto" Wife Of "Zulfikar Ali Bhutto" & Mother Of "Benazir Bhutto" Died Today (News) | Nusrat Bhutto Biography & Pics

Nusrat Bhutto

Nusrat Bhutto

Nusrat Bhutto

Chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party
In office
4 April 1979 - 10 January 1983
Preceded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Succeeded by Benazir Bhutto

Born March 23, 1929 (age 81)
Esfahan, Iran
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Spouse(s) Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Children Benazir Bhutto
Murtaza Bhutto
Sanam Bhutto
Shahnawaz Bhutto
Religion Islam

Begum Nusrat Bhutto (Sindhi: بیگم نصرت ڀھٽو, Urdu: بیگم نصرت بھٹو) (born March 23, 1929) is the former First Lady of Pakistan, who was the wife of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. She became her husband's successor as the chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from 1979-1983. She is also the mother of the late PPP chairman and former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto.


Nusrat Bhutto was born on March 23, 1929. She comes from the wealthy Hariri Esfahani family in Esfahan, Iran. The Kurdish connection comes from her grandmother who had married into the Hariri family Nusrat Bhutto is the daughter of a wealthy Iranian businessman who settled in Karachi, Pakistan. Nusrat met Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Karachi where they got married on September 8, 1951.[2] She was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's second marriage, and they had four children together, three of whom she has outlived.

Family and career

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 succeeded her husband as leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party as chairman for life. In 1982, ill with cancer, she was given permission to leave the country for medical treatment in London at which point her daughter, Benazir Bhutto, became acting leader of the party and by 1984 Benazir was being referred to as party chairman.

After returning to Pakistan in the late 1980s, she served several terms as a Member of Parliament 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 and Deputy Prime Minister. In the 1990s, she and Benazir became estranged when Nusrat took the side of her son Murtaza during a family dispute, but later reconciled after Murtaza's murder.

She currently resides with her daughter's family in Dubai, and suffers from the combined effects of a stroke and Alzheimer's Disease.

Born: 5 January 1928
Larkana, Bombay Presidency, British India

Died: 4 April 1979(1979-04-04) (aged 51)
Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan

Political Party: Pakistan Peoples Party

Spouse(s): Nusrat Bhutto

Children: Benazir Bhutto
Murtaza Bhutto
Sanam Bhutto
Shahnawaz Bhutto

Alma mater: University of Southern California
University of California, Berkeley
Christ Church, Oxford
Lincoln's Inn

Religion: Muslim-Shia


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