Twitter Alert: Nusrat Bhutto 'faced Zia like a rock'

Published: October 23, 2011
"Her picture after being clubbed in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore remains a strong symbol of struggle for democracy." PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

"Her picture after being clubbed in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore remains a strong symbol of struggle for democracy." PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

The death of Nusrat Bhutto, widow of former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and mother of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto sent a wave of sorrow among Pakistanis online, with many recalling anecdotes of the First Lady and her struggle for democracy amidst tragedy.

While condolences streamed online, Twitter users also acknowledged Nusrat Bhutto’s sacrifices and suffering during the era of General Ziaul Haq.

Twitter updates


Sad News, Begum Nusrat Bhutto has passed away – a woman who has witnessed much of Pakistan’s brutal history


I recall with admiration Begum Bhutto’s defiant attempt to break the cordon around Pindi jail and get to ZAB. She faced Zia like a rock.


She was second to only Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah in impacting Pakistani politics #BegumNusratBhutto


Ijazul Haq offering condolence for #BegumNusratBhutto on Geo TV. Mr. Haq, do you apologize for what your father did to her? Yes or no?????


Dad at the wheel, BB & Begum in the back, ppp workers hand got stuck in the window & Begum gave BB a smack 4 hurting the worker unknowingly.


Looked at @SalmaanTaseer, he looked at me…”the PM just got smacked” I whispered…peels of laughter


Her picture after being clubbed in #Gaddafi Stadium Lahore remains a strong symbol of struggle for democracy. RIP #NusratBhutto!


The first natural death in bhutto,s family ..#nusratbhutto


@fbhutto, on Geo right now, says that Nusrat’s grandchildren were not even told of her death and found out on TV.


Begum Nusrat Bhutto dies. Few would have gone through as much pain as she did. May Allah bless her soul. Ameen.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Oct 23, 2011 - 7:55PM

    People’s Party regime had thrown her aside for quite sometime. Nobody bothered to talk about Ms. Bhutto not even in media but when she died Prime Minister announced Public Holiday in economically failed nation and media started giving massive coverage to her as if we care.


  • shaheen khan
    Oct 23, 2011 - 8:37PM

    @tanzeel, she was a cancer patient 4 a long time then after being tortured in gadaffi stadium, she developed alzeimer’s disease which z related 2 memory loss. she was residing with benazir bhutto in dubai. in later years, she suffered 4m stroke as well. thats why she was away 4m all the media limelight. she even didnt know that benazir bhutto died in 2007. she wasn’t told b/c of her condition. RIP. a corageous woman. may her soul rest in peace


  • Musrat Hussain Dhamrha,
    Oct 23, 2011 - 8:53PM

    Please Sir accept my condolence on the death of our Mother ,Great leader of Asia and your Grand mother Muhtarma Begum Nusrat Bhutto Sahiba.
    Sir no doubt she was very kind to every party worker .I have remember one incident it was June month and there was a great heat we worker went to Bhutto larkana and there was not enough place for (Shelter) worker,when Muhtarma Begum Nusrat Bhutto Sahiba came seeing to this we were in heat ,she scolded to organizer that why my worker are standing in heat .She was such kind and caretaker .


  • Salma
    Oct 24, 2011 - 12:14AM

    @Tazleen ppl like u have no idea what Begum Nusrat Bhutto stood for therefore you don’t care and trust me it doesn’t make any difference even if someone like you did.


  • Oct 24, 2011 - 11:41PM

    @ Salma: try to reason with facts rather than hollow words

    Not only did the establishment brought the industry to a standstill due to the holiday, they ordered a 10day nationwide mourning period, cancelled the upcoming session of National Assembly (wednesday), chartered a plane on taxpayers’ money especially to bring the body back, hijacked the occasion to garner sympathies for the garbage 3.5 year rule & in the process caused a loss of billions to the exchequer. No country in the civilised world follows any death or birth, not even of the founding fathers, with such a nonsensical, diabolical shutdown of their own day-to-day national affairs causing the economy to nosedive. It is, indeed, ironic that for the rights of whom the lady struggled her entire life (daily wage earners) had to sleep unfed the day she met her Maker!Recommend

  • Sarfraz Shah
    Oct 26, 2011 - 6:48PM

    Nusrat Bhutto offered more sacrifices to the nation and suffered more at the hands of army dictators than any other person in the history. She has been a Titan among ordinary mortals and never surrendered to tyrants. I am sure there are still some supporters and apologists of rightwing dictators but the vast majority of Pakistani people have nothing but love and respect for Begum Sahiba. Bhuttos have been more popular than all the other politicians combined. The whole world recognizes and acknowledges their services to democracy and struggle against the army dictators and religious fanatics. It is a shame that we do not have too many women like here.Recommend

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