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BHUTTO GHINWA (1958

BHUTTO, GHINWA (1958- ) Ghinwa Bhutto, born in Lebanon but a citizen of Syria, married Mir Murtaza Bhutto (Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s son) while he was living in self-imposed exile in Damascus from 1981 to 1993 Ghinwa was Mir Murtaza Bhutto’s second wife His first wife was an Afghani woman whom he had married when he was living in Kabul, after leaving Pakistan in 1979 Ghinwa and Murtaza have one son, who was born in Damascus Ghinwa Bhutto accompanied her husband when he returned to Pakistan in 1993 She entered politics after her husband was killed in an encounter with the police on 20 September 1996 On 25 September, she filed a petition with the High Court of Sindh, alleging that her husband was “physically eliminated through a conspiracy hatched between the government functionaries, officials of the Intelligence Bureau, and senior police officers of the province” Following the dismissal of the government of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Ghinwa Bhutto sought to continue her husband’s program of finding a place in Sindh politics for his party-the Pakistan People’s Party (Bhutto Shaheed), a PPP faction formed by her husband She was a candidate for a seat in the National Assembly in the elections of 1997 but lost to a PPP candidate



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