Begum Nusrat Bhutto, former first lady of Pakistan, widow of the charasmatic Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, breathed her last in Dubai on Sunday. The mother of assassinated PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto and former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Begum Bhutto was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and was, for some time past, in a coma. A special plane will transport her body to Larkana, where she will be laid to rest in the family mausoleum at Garhi Khuda Bux, according to her wishes. During the tenure of her husband as Prime Minister, she accompanied him to several world capitals and was consistently credited as a positive influence on ZABs diplomatic victories. But what made her a towering personality was her role as the chairperson for life of the Pakistan Peoples Party under very difficult circumstances. She fought all odds with courage and dignity. She led her party in the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD). As a mother, Nusrat Bhutto raised a family of four children, Benazir, Murtaza, Shahnawaz and Sanam, three of whom she lost to unnatural and untimely deaths in her lifetime. She sustained tragedies like the death by hanging of her husband ZAB, killing of Shahnawaz by poisoning, murder of Murtaza and most recently the assassination of Benazir with tremendous patience and exemplary courage. In the late 1980s, after her exile in London, she returned and served for several terms as a Member of Parliament contesting general elections from Larkana. During Benazir Bhuttos regime she served as Senior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Since the murder of Murtaza, she completely isolated herself from the party affairs. With Benazir Bhutto, she developed differences on her handling of the party affairs. She believed in taking all contemporary political parties along, while her daughter favoured the odds of a solo fight. She was also specifically opposed to assigning any political role to certain persons, but Benazir acted contrary to her advice, which many PPP stalwarts have pointed out resulted in the party going into the hands of those who had never been part of the prolonged struggle for which the party is known. Today, the PPP is dominated by those who are not invested in the partys political philosophy, resulting in the marked reduction of support for it among the masses and the disillussioning of its workers. Posthumously, she has been awarded Nishan-i-Pakistan. Madam Bhutto was the Grande Dame of the Bhutto family, her bravery, her grace and her remarkable personality will never be forgotten. May she rest in peace.