Nusrat’s years of torment end

  • ISLAMABAD: Begum Nusrat Bhutto, who suffered the longest torment among Pakistani politicians but put up an epic fight against military dictatorship, died in a Dubai hospital on Sunday after a long illness. She was 82.

    Thus came a quiet end to the life of the widow of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, mother of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and mother-in-law of President Asif Ali Zardari, away from her homeland, where she will be brought on Monday for burial in a graveyard laden with family tragedies.

    The government declared 10 days of national mourning and a national holiday on Monday while the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) announced a 40-day mourning for the woman who led it for several years with a steely determination while facing some of the worst political persecution seen in the country’s history after a military coup toppled her husband in 1977.

    President Zardari, who reached Dubai on Sunday after cutting short a visit to London, will personally bring her body by a chartered plane on Monday, the family announced.

    The family said Nusrat, who lived in Dubai for 10 years after taking exile there and was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was admitted to Dubai’s Iranian Hospital a day earlier in a critical condition and expired in the afternoon on Sunday to become the first member of Mr Bhutto’s family to die in hospital bed.

    Nusrat had lived a life of comfort after marrying Mr Bhutto as his second wife in 1951 and then of glamour when her husband was foreign minister in the government of then president Field Marshal Ayub Khan in the 1960s and then as the first lady when he was prime minister from 1971-77, often promoting women’s causes mostly from the party platform.

    But she showed real mettle when she confronted then military ruler Gen Ziaul Haq after his July 5, 1977 coup by leading the PPP and a campaign that forced the dictator to postpone for years an election he had promised to hold within 90 days, and remained dauntless, as was her daughter Benazir, even when Mr Bhutto was executed in the Rawalpindi Central Jail in 1979 after a controversial conspiracy-to-murder trial.

    But that was not the end of Nusrat’s tragedies. Her younger son, Shahnawaz, died in mysterious circumstances at his flat in southern France in 1985 in what family members and party officials thought was a case of poisoning and a conspiracy by Zia’s intelligence operatives.

    After a troubled sharing of party leadership with Benazir and then serving as senior minister in her daughter’s two prematurely ended prime ministerial terms, came what proved to be a shattering blow from which she never recovered: the Sept 20, 1996 assassination of her elder son, Murtaza Bhutto, in a shooting spree near his home in Karachi, only 46 days before Benazir, with whom he had strained relations, was sacked as prime minister by then president of her own party, Farooq Leghari.

    And finally came the Dec 27, 2007 assassination of Benazir in Rawalpindi at a time about which hardly any reliable account is available about Nusrat’s health or her feelings.

    According to a spokesperson of Bilawal House in Karachi, the funeral will take place at Garhi Khuda Bux near Larkana. She will be flown to Larkana where she will be laid to rest beside the grave of her husband at the mausoleum, which is also the last resting place of Benazir, Murtaza and Shahnawaz.

    Born on March 23, 1929 in a rich Iranian business family, Nusrat was married to Mr Bhutto on September 8, 1951. She had four children, Benazir, Murtaza, Shahnawaz and Sanam.

    Nusrat went to Dubai along with her daughter Benazir, who spent eight years in self-exile and took care of her ailing mother apart from leading the PPP from abroad. That was the time when charges of corruption were brought by the government of then prime minister Nawaz Sharif against both mother and daughter as well as Mr Zardari, and some of those cases were still pending before Nusrat’s death.

    Begum Bhutto was elected member of the National Assembly in 1977, 1988, 1990, 1993 and 1997 before she shifted to Dubai with daughter Benazir Bhutto. As the first lady she was in the forefront of social activities aimed at alleviating the lot of poor peasants through official channels and as minister.

    As first lady from 1973–77, she 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 chairperson for life.

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

    In the 1990s, she and Benazir became estranged when Nusrat was seen as taking side of her son Murtaza during a family dispute, but later reconciled after Murtaza’s murder. She lived the last few years of her life with her daughter’s family in Dubai and suffered from the combined effects of a stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

    According to president’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar, besides President Zardari, his son Bilawal and daughters Bakhtawar and Assefa as well as Sanam Bhutto will accompany the body from Dubai.

    Former political secretary to Benazir Bhutto and now a party dissident Naheed Khan recalled that Nusrat Bhutto’s health started deteriorating soon after the death of Murtaza Bhutto in Karachi, after which she had started losing her memory.

    Interesting report on front page of today's Dawn.

  • In 1982, ill with cancer, she was given permission to leave the country by the military government of Gen Ziaul Haq for medical treatment in London

    ایسا کونسا کینسر ہے جس کا مریض تیس سال زندہ رہتا ہے؟

    شاید اس کینسر کا نام این آر او یا نظریہ ضرورت یا مک مکا ہے

    نصرت بھٹو ضیاء الحق سے مک مکا کرکے پاکستان اور جمہوریت کی خدمت کرنے لندن اور پیرس چلی گئی اور پھر ضیاء الحق کی زندگی میں کبھی واپس نہیں آئی

    جمہویت کے لیے انکی ان خدمات پر انہیں پاکستان کااعلیٰ ترین اعزاز "نشان پاکستان" اور "مادر جمہوریت" کا خطاب دیا جائے گا

  • Why they declared public holiday for the death of nobody? and how she becomes '' madr e jamhooriat''?

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  • شرم تو انکو آنی چاہئیے جو ایسی خاتون کو نشان پاکستان جیسے اعزاز اور مادر جمہویت جیسے خطاب دے رہے ہیں جو پانچ سو پاکستانیوں کو شہید کرنے کے بعد عوام پر مارشل لا مسلط کروا کر ضیاء احق جیسے ڈکٹیٹر سے مکا مکا کرکے لندن اور پیرس میں پر تعیش زندگی گزارنے چلی گی اور پھر ڈکٹیٹر کی زندگی میں واپس نہ آنی

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  • زرداری صاحب / گیلانی صاحب

    اپنی ہی حکومت ہے. ایک ایک نشان حیدر شاہنواز بھٹو، مرتضیٰ بھٹو اور بینظیر بھٹو کو بھی عطا کر دیں

    اور ہو سکے تو ایک نشان پاکستان حاکم علی زرداری کو بھی دے دیں

    اور ہاں ایک اپنے لیے بھی ایڈوانس میں بک کروا کر رکھ لیں - شہید جمہوریت

    اندھے بانٹے ریوڑیاں مُڑ مُڑ اپنوں کو

  • Peoples Party ceased to exist as a democratic party since their refusal to transfe power to Awami league who had won elections with an over whelming majority and were declared as winners ...Jamhoriyat kay naam per ‘tangaiN torH dejainge’ akhir ka’ar mulk tootnaiN ka sabbab bana’. Kiya issi to jamhoriyat kehtey haiN?

  • @SEM

    although this topic not related with the topic but i would like to comment here that Bhutto was not in power to decide war with india or occupy bangladesh despite that bhutto made agreement with mujib to share a power of PM and president positions which yahya declined and arrested mujeeb then who the hell bhutto to be blamed mujib was inidan/congress agent no matter sooner or latter he could have harm whole country mujib/indians/hindus killed more people then pak army to blam pak army.

    pak establishment was errogant and responble for all not ZAB.

    In national elections held in December 1970, the Awami League won an overwhelming victory across Bengali territory. On February 22, 1971 the generals in West Pakistan took a decision to crush the Awami League and its supporters. It was recognized from the first that a campaign of genocide would be necessary to eradicate the threat: “Kill three million of them,” said President Yahya Khan at the February conference, “and the rest will eat out of our hands.

  • ارشاد جی

    جانے دیجیے. بھٹو خاندان کی جمہوریت اور پاکستان کے لیے بہت بڑی بڑی "قربانیاں" ہیں جنھیں کہ قوم ہمیشہ یاد رکھے گی

    بھٹو نے صدارتی انتخابات میں مادر ملت محترمہ فاطمہ جناح کو ہرانے اور ڈکٹیٹر جنرل ایوب خان کو جتانے کے لیے مولانا بھاشانی کی پارٹی کو ایوب خان کی طرف سے بھاری رقوم ادا کی تھیں اور جمہوریت کا یہ چمپیئن مادر ملت کے خلاف ایوب خان کا چیف پولنگ ایجنٹ تھا

    آپ نے ارشاد فرمایا ہے کہ مجیب اور بھٹو میں پاور شیئرنگ کا معائدہ ہوا تھا جو اشتبلشمنت نے ناکام بنا دیا. کیا اسکا کوئی ثبوت ہے؟؟؟؟؟؟

    حقیقت یہ ہے کہ بھٹو پہلے دن سے اقتدار کا بھوکا تھا. اس نے کبھی بھی مجیب کی اکثریت کو قبول نہیں کیا بلکہ اسٹبلشمنٹ سے ساز باز کرکے اقتدار کی مجیب کو منتقلی روکوا دی. اگر اسمیں تھوڑی سی بھی جمہوریت پسندی ہوتی تو اپوزیشن میں بیٹھنے کا اعلان کرتا.

    میں اس پورے فورم کو چیلنج کرتا ہوں کہ مجھے بھٹو کا کوئی ایک بیان دکھا دے جسمیں اس نے مجیب الرحمان کی اکثریت کو تسلیم کیا ہو اور انتخابات میں اپنی شکست کو تسلیم کرتے ہوئے اپوزیشن میں بیٹھنے کا اعلان کیا ہو

    اس کے برعکس اس نے ادھر تم ادھر ہم کا نارہ بلند کیا اور جو اسمبلی کے اجلاس میں شرکت کے لیے ڈھاکہ جائے گا اسکی ٹانگیں توڑنے کا اعلان کیا. اس نے اقتدار کی ہوس میں ملک دو لخت ہونا برداشت کر لیا

    آپ نے مشرقی پاکستان میں فوج کے مظالم کا بار بار ذکر کیا ہے. کیا آپ بتا سکتے ہیں کہ یہ مظالم ڈھانے والا کون تھا؟

    اگر نہیں پتہ تو سنیے. وہ پی پی پی کے عظیم رہنما اور بے نظیر بھٹو کے گورنر پنجاب "جناب عزت مآب جنرل ٹکا خان" تھے. جنھیں بنگلہ دیش کا قصائی بھی کہا جاتا ہے

    بھٹو خاندان کی جمہوریت سے وابستگی کی تاریخ بہت طویل ہے. باقی پھر سہی

  • Illiterate nation further pushed into the darkness by PPP by telling them Nusrat's death somehow deserves a holiday.

    Lets wait and see when they decide to spend our tax money to build a good for nothing monument costing billions of rupees.

    GA Bhutto-GA Jahalat!!