BHUTTO, NUSRAT (1928- ) Nusrat Bhutto, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s second wife-the first, Shirin Begum, led a secluded life-played a prominent political role Married in Karachi in 1950, she entered politics during her husband’s lifetime She won a seat in the National Assembly in the elections of 1970 as a representative of the Pakistan People’s Party In 1979, after Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s execution, she was appointed co-chairperson, along with Benazir Bhutto, of the PPP After being confined to house arrest for several years by the administration of President Zia ul-Haq, she was allowed to leave the country for Europe, on medical grounds She did not accompany her daughter, Benazir Bhutto, when the latter returned to Pakistan, in 1986 Begum Nusrat Bhutto was again elected to the National Assembly in the general elections of 1988 from a seat in Karachi When Benazir Bhutto was invited to become prime minister, Nusrat Bhutto was appointed as “senior minister” in her daughter’s cabinet She left Pakistan for Europe after her daughter and her cabinet were dismissed by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in August 1990 She returned to Pakistan a year later to launch a campaign to get her permission for her son, Mir Murtaza Bhutto, to return to the country

She was elected to the National Assembly for a third time, but was not invited to join the second administration of Benazir Bhutto, which took office in October 1993Although unhappy with the way Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Asif Zardari, had treated Murtaza Bhutto, her eldest son, and suspicious that Zardari may have been involved in Murtaza’s murder in 1996, she agreed to represent her daughter’s Pakistan People’s Party in the elections of February 1997 She was one of the 17 PPP candidates to be elected to the National Assembly, but by that time she was too ill with Alzheimer’s disease to play an effective political role

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