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Mother of Late Pakistani PM Bhutto Dies


Begum Nusrat Bhutto, widow of Pakistan's executed prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and mother of assassinated Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto leaves Karachi airport in this undated file photo.

Begum Nusrat Bhutto, widow of Pakistan's executed prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and mother of assassinated Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto leaves Karachi airport in this undated file photo.

Begum Nusrat Bhutto, the wife of one Pakistani prime minister and the mother of another, has died at the age of 82 after a long illness.

Nusrat Bhutto's life mirrored much of the turmoil in Pakistan's politics. Her husband, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was the founder of the Pakistan People's Party and served as Pakistani prime minister from 1973 until 1977.

The first lady took over as head of the party after Bhutto was executed in 1979, and also served in parliament.

Later, Nusrat Bhutto's daughter, Benazir, took over as head of the party and served two separate terms as Pakistan's prime minister.

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007 addressing a campaign rally. Her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, is now Pakistan's president.

Nusrat Bhutto spent her final years in Dubai, where she died Sunday. Her body is being returned to Pakistan to be buried in a family graveyard.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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