Begum Nusrat Bhutto: Mother of democracy

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Begum Nusrat Bhutto was born in 1929, on 23rd March in Iran. She was the former first lady of Pakistan, the widow of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the mother of Benazir Bhutto. Benazir Bhutto was given the title of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto when she became the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Begum Nusrat Bhutto was an iron lady who stood against  dictatorship in Pakistan. She got married to Zulfiqar Ali Butto, in 1951. Begum was given the highest civilian award for her struggle against dictatorship. She had been house arrested by the government due to her constant attempts to put an end to dictatorship in Pakistan in Zia-ul-Haq’s rule. Her bravery was a source of inspiration for her party and its followers. She became the chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in 1979, after her husband, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was sentenced to death. 

After losing both of her sons, Shahnawaz Bhutto and Mir Murtaza Bhutto, Begum lost her will to live and got extremely sick. She was diagnosed with lung cancer, due to which she received the permission to leave Pakistan for her medical treatment. She passed away on 23rd October, 2011 in Dubai.

Begum Nusrat Bhutto’s steadfastness travelled from one generation to another. Her children and grandchildren carried on the fight against dictatorship. Today, her grandson Bilawal Bhutto is a champion of democracy. This goes without saying that the Bhutto family has given their all in their fight for democracy, and has an earned immense respect for the Bhutto name.It has been seven years since the demise of this remarkable personality but she lives on in the memories of her loved ones as a strong and determined individual.