Monday, July 13, 2009

Amir Begum Bhutto

Amir Begum Bhutto
Shirin Amir Begum was first wife of former prime minister late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Shirin Begum was married to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, her cousin, in 1951 when Mr Bhutto was 23-year-old and was studying in Bombay.
She returned to Naudero when Mr Bhutto left for London for pursuing higher studies. Since then, she remained there. Before death sentence was executed Amir Begum met with Bhutto in Adiala Jail Rawalpindi on March 8, 1979 and on March 26, 1979, just a few days before his hanging.
She died of cardiac arrest here on January 19 (Sunday). She was 82.
She was laid to rest near the grave of her husband in the ancestral graveyard of the Bhutto family in Garhi Khuda Bukhsh Bhutto.
Hearing the news of her death, the whole town remained shut as a mark of mourning and hundreds of people thronged the residence of Benazir Bhutto in Naudero.

Shirin Begum, who was the first wife of Bhutto, developed chest congestion and was shifted to the cardiology department of the Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana on late Saturday (January 18, 2003) night.
There, she suffered a heart attack and later her kidneys stopped functioning and she died.
Ameer Begum had participated in Benazir Bhutto’s election campaign in 1988.
PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto and her sister Sanam Bhutto were informed of the death in Dubai and London, respectively. Later, Ms Bhutto contacted her house in Naudero by telephone to offer condolence.

She had no child but adopted a girl Lubna, who is working at present in Saudi Arabia.
Her first death anniversary was observed silently on January19, 2004
Pakistan Peoples Party at Municipality, Naundero, offered Langar after Quran Khuwani.
No leader of the party came to attend the anniversary. The anniversary was not observed at her residence which now belonged to Benazir Bhutto.
Her adopted son Din Mohammad Bhutto observed her 1st death anniversary at his residence where she usually lived. Quran Khuawni was held and then Langar was distributed.

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