Begum Nusrat Bhutto bio

Begum Nusrat Bhutto

Begum Nusrat Bhutto
Begum Nusrat Bhutto



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BornNusrat Ispahani
23 March 1929
Esfahan, Iran
Died23 October 2011 (aged 82)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
CitizenshipIran (1929–1947)
Pakistan (1947–2011)
NationalityKurdish-Iranian, Pakistani
Political partyPakistan People's Party
Spouse(s)Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
ChildrenBenazir Bhutto
Murtaza Bhutto
Sanam Bhutto
Shahnawaz Bhutto
First Lady of Pakistan
20 December 1971 – 5 July 1977


Nusrat Bhutto also called Begum Nusrat Bhutto was born on March 23, 1929, in Esfahan, Iran. She comes from the wealthy Hariri Esfahani family of Iran. She married Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1951, mother of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairperson Benazir Bhutto, who was also a former Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Nusrat Ispahani is a Iranian from Kurdistan Province, Iran by heritage and daughter of a wealthy Iranian businessman who settled in Karachi, British India before its partition. Nusrat met Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Karachi where they got married. That was to be Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's 2nd marriage.

As First Lady from 1973-77, Nusrat Bhutto functioned as a political leader and accompanied her husband on a number of overseas visits.

She was twice elected member of the National Assembly, remained a senior minister and also a constant source of inspiration for her daughter former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, masses and the party workers especially.
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 and Deputy Prime Minister.

She has three children Murtaza, Benazir and Shahnawaz Bhutto. Of the immediate family, only Sanam Bhutto, daughter of Nusrat and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto remains. She suffered from the combined effects of a stroke and Alzheimer's Disease. Nusrat Bhutto had also suffered from cancer. She died on October 23, 2011. Begum Nusrat Bhutto was 82 years old at the time of her death.

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