Thursday, March 17, 2011

Profile! Begum Nusrat Bhutto

A lady! Symbol of love and loyalty (Begum Nusrat Bhutto)


In the world mostly is known to be that two things are permanent, one is sorrow and second is death. I would like to add third more History, which is also permanent.
Someone has quoted, History remembers those characters that spent life for others.

Madam Nusrat Bhutto - online photo
Today I am going to share about a lady who never claimed herself as big and not even say a single word.

If I call her, mythical character it would not be less. She deserves because she hasn’t done any ill-error in her whole life, in fact her life wind always went against her.
She is like a character of Shah abdul Latif Bhatai’s poetry where all characters gave sacrifice but they never complained instead of asking for more tough walks because they know love has one route which has dark difficulties but finally leads to beloved.
What had she given and received? If anyone writes book on her, will fill up pen in aguish rather ink. Her life is all about anguish, maybe pages refuse to accept more about her, it's difficult to bear pain but she had not only borne pain and live life without her husband and children.

Of course, that is Mrs. Begum Nusrat Bhutto, who is known as wife of Former Prime Minister Zulifqar Bhutto who was hanged by Dictator General Zai –ul – Huq.

We chose her name for this page not because of wife of late Z.A Bhutto but we have chosen her because of her own life struggle and commitment with unending sorrows, she is a character who has received only stones of anguish.

Begum Nusrat Bhutto was born on 23rd March 1929 in Iran. She belongs to Esfahani family in Esfahan, Iran. Nusrat Bhutto is of Kurdish descent, despite the fact, her family originating from the Kurdistan province in Iran. Some claim that the Kurdish connection only comes from her grandmother who had married into the Hariri family Iranian Kurds. She was born to a wealthy and culturally rich Iranian businessman whose ancestors had settled in Karachi and had a vast network of roaring business across the subcontinent at the time of the Partition of 1947.

Many senior politician of Pakistan say, she was more beautiful and intelligent everyone wanted to close her but she never talked to others.
One of senior politician passed remarks about her, she was lucky star in the life of Mr. Z.A. Bhutto otherwise he was nothing I think now, Mr. Bhutto done something good that he got such a lady.

Mrs. Bhutto met and got married with Z.A Bhutto (Shaheed) on September 8, 1951 in Karachi. It was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's second marriage.
She has had four children Ms. Benazir Bhutto (Shaheed), Mir Murtaza Bhutto (Shaheed) Shah Nawaz Bhutto (Shaheed) three of whom martyrdom and one daughter who is alive Ms. Sanam Bhutto currently lives in London.

Mrs. Bhutto proved herself as real life partner if we want see meaning of life partner then we can peep into her life because she walked with Z.A Bhutto in house-life and Political-life. When Z.A Bhutto entered into politics that time politics was only for men, after Z.A Bhutto, took part ladies in politics by his own home.

As first lady from 1973–1977, Nusrat Bhutto functioned as a political figure her husband.
Mrs. Bhutto bore many bitter things when she heard about her husband's love affairs instead such trouble things, she remained beside her husband.

She was a first lady who went at grass-root level and collect women’s problem to present in the United Nations, here we see; what was she? She was a first lady, why did travel at villages and door to door? Only for gathering data of women’s problems and suggestions.

She could have ordered but she was not typical rich lady. She had sense of consciousness and importance of common people. She introduced politics for women in Pakistan.

After her husband Judicial Trial in1979, she fought against Dictator General Zia and condemned his dark-ruling. She lost her husband, two sons were exiled, one daughter imprisoned with her and second daughter Sanam was moving here and there.

She faced such horror chapter of life. In 1982, ill with cancer, she was given permission to leave the country by the military government of General Zia Ul Haq for medical treatment in London. Where she received second died body her little second son Shah Nawaz Bhutto, She was lived in abroad not like luxury but on road of loneliness under rain of tears.

She remained Chairperson from 1979 to 1983 of People’s Party Pakistan.

After returning to Pakistan in the late 1980s, she served several terms as a Member of Parliament 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.

Horror chapter of life did not take rest, again wave arose in her life when Ms. Benazir Bhutto (Shaheed) and Mrs. Bhutto got reservation with each other in 1990.
This time her son Mir Murtaza Bhutto (Shaheed) returned to Pakistan and Mrs. Bhutto took his side.

Those who already were wanting divide Bhuttos, they got beautiful chance and never gave them space for uniting.
Being a Mother, Mrs. Bhutto divided it was hard to decide for one even though Mrs. Bhutto supported her son.

Later, Begum Nusrat Bhutto got third time died body in her cradle Mir Murtaza Bhutto was no more, it was shocked for her.
After her son martyred, people have not seen again Mrs. Bhutto.Mrs. Bhutto lost her elder daughter fourth time.

She moved with her daughter Ms. Benazir Bhutto and suffers from the combined effects of a stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
Mrs. Bhutto has crossed above 80s age. Where she is?
People have not knowledge about it.

A lady who loved and given birth to children and seen them martyred.
What has this country done with her? This question always needs answer. Question is what has her family done for? Sadly, none of them have done any thing, recently daughter of Mir Murtaza Bhutto (Shaheed) Ms. Fatima Bhutto wrote letter to the Chief justice Iftikhar Ahmed Chuadhary where she requested to him to bring her grandmother to 70clifton.

Caring means doesn’t to give service day and night but caring means also how do you pay tribute to her by your actions?

Unfortunate, all are beating drum in fallen love with her, none of them cover her life story or remember her in writings. Mrs. Bhutto is not only wife of late Z.A Bhutto.
She is lady who has given up her entire life her beloved and seeing her children in martyred.

We believe in time, time will judge her, what she was?

History remembers her; she has made her space by deeds and bearing unending anguish.

Each person has her/his own things, people can make fragrance by their sacrifices, as Mrs. Bhutto has given her own fragrance today she is far away but we can feel her fragrance.

Published in Monthly Magazine Bolan Voice in February, 2011.

1 comment:

  1. very good Veengas ap ne buhat acha likha aur aaj kal to likhne walee bhi tankhadar ho chukee hain aur asee time mein such likhna buhat bari bat hoti hay