She was the widow of the former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, mother of the former two times late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Mother-in-law of former President Asif Ali Zardari.
In an obituary of Begum Nusrat Bhutto, Hamid Mir reiterates how an Iranian born met Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
“She was only 11 when she met the Bhutto family at Khandala, a tourist resort near Mumbai. One sister of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto became friend of young Nusrat. Her name was Munawarul Islam. Nusrat and Munawar remained in contact with each other but she never met young Zulfi for the next 9 years. She studied at St Joseph College Karachi with her sister Behjat and Syeda Akhtar Zehra Isphahani, the mother of Farah Naz Isphahani.
She met Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto again after 9 years in Karachi in the wedding of Munawarul Islam in 1949. Nusrat was a captain in the National Guard at that time. Zulfi was impressed to see her in Army uniform.
He proposed her when he was a student at Oxford University in England in 1951. There was a problem, Zulfi was already married. Nusrat refused to marry Zulfi. One day he met her father Mirza Muhammad Najaf at his residence and explained that he was married in the family when he was only 14 years. He had no children from his first marriage.
Zulfi promised that he would keep Nusrat happy for the whole life. Mirza Muhammad Najaf was satisfied and then he convinced his daughter that there is no harm in marrying Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. It is also important that Zulfi never married second time secretly.
He informed his first wife Ameer Begum that he was going to marry again but he never disclosed anything about Nusrat. When Zulfi and Nusrat got married in 1951 Ameer Begum’s father invited them to a dinner. It was a good beginning. Nusrat never had any problem with Ameer Begum for the rest of her life.”