LAHORE/ISLAMABAD/KARACHI Leaders belonging to all political parties offered condolences over the passing away of Begum Nusrat Bhutto on Sunday, while people belonging to all walks of life also expressed their grief and sorrow over her death. In their separate statements, different political leaders paid tributes to Mrs Bhutto for her struggle against dictatorship and said her death was a great loss to the PPP. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani spoke to President Asif Ali Zardari over phone and conveyed his deepest condolences. Remembering her contribution for democracy, restoration of constitution and rights of the people, the PM termed the demise as an irreparable loss for PPP as well the country. MQM chief Altaf Hussain phoned PM Gilani and expressed condolences on the sad demise of Begum Bhutto. He said that her contribution for the cause of democracy and for the country would be long remembered. ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan he said that Nusrat Bhuttos contribution to politics in Pakistan would always be remembered. Mumtaz Ali Bhutto said it was a great tragedy for the Bhutto family. She played an important role in the establishment of womens wing of the PPP, he added. Ejazul Haq, whose father Gen Ziaul Haq had hanged Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, expressed sorrow over the death of Mrs Bhutto and expressed his sympathy with the bereaved family. PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also expressed grief over the death of Begum Nusrat. PML-N spokesperson Senator Pervaiz Rashid said she was a brave, sagacious and civilised lady who would impress everybody by her good manners. PTI Chairman Imran Khan in his message remembered the services that the deceased had rendered for the cause of democracy in the country. PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Husain and Federal Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi expressed their sorrow and said Mrs Bhutto was a brave lady who played an active role in Pakistans politics. AML chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and PPP-S chief Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said she played an important role in early politics of PPP. JUI-F spokesman Maulana Amjad Khan said that Nusrat Bhutto was a courageous woman. Governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khan Khosa said she was a symbol of struggle who rendered great sacrifices for the restoration of democracy and fought against the forces of dictatorship. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that she had the grace to reconcile with party leaders and workers if there was some bitterness due to some reason. He said present PPP leadership lacked this quality. MQM minister Baber Ghauri likened her role to that of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan and Begum Nasim Wali Khan. ANP Information Secretary Senator Zahid Khan said Mrs Bhutto had created a niche for herself in politics on account of the sacrifices she had rendered. PPP leader Afzal Sindhu said Mrs Bhutto had special place for the poor in her heart and as chairperson of the Red Crescent Society she had done a lot for the have-nots. Barrister Sultan Mehmood said that despite hardship Begum Nusrat Bhutto expressed courage and patience and continued the fight for democracy. The others who expressed their grief and offered condolences included Federal Ministers Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Ch Ahmad Mukhtar and Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat, MNA Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Speaker National Assembly and Patron Womens Parliamentary Caucus Dr Fehmida Mirza, Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, BISP Chairperson Farzana Raja, PPP Secretary Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Fouzia Wahab, PPPs central Secretary General Jehangir Badr, Begum Abida Hussain, Senior PPP leader ND Khan and Senior PPP leader and Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board Asif Hashmi. In Sindh, Jamaat-e-Islami central leader Ghafoor Ahmed said that the role and sacrifices of the Bhutto family for the country and democracy would be remembered forever. He offered condolences to the bereaved family over the death of Nusrat Bhutto. Ghafoor recalled that Nusrat had taken an active part in national politics and lead the PPP when her husband had been arrested. Awami Tehreek chief Rasool Bux Palijo expressed grief over the death of Nusrat Bhutto. He praised the role of Nusrat against the dictatorial rule of Ziaul Haq. Palijo recalled that Nusrat had taken an active part in the movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD). Pakistan Peoples Party-Shaheed Bhutto chairperson Ghinwa Bhutto, while taking to media at her residence, 70-Clifton, alleged that after the death of Murtaza Bhutto, Nusrat Bhutto had been kept under house arrest by Zardaris party, even her grandchildren were not allowed to meet her. She alleged that Nusrat Bhuttos body was kept hostage by Zardari and his companions, who were anti-Bhutto and anti-PPP. She said they were not informed about the death of Nusrat Bhutto and they came to know about it from television. Ghinwa Bhutto, who is daughter-in-law of Nusrat, said that according to the tradition of the family, the dead body of Nusrat Bhutto must be brought at her grandchildren, Zulfiqar (junior) and Fatima Bhutto, to proceed for final rituals at the family graveyard, Garhi Khuda Bux in Naudero. She said that Nusrat fell sick after the death of Murtaza Bhutto but her grandchildren (son and daughter of Murtaza Bhutto) were not allowed to see or meet their grandmother in Dubai. Ghinwa further said that she had become an orphan after the death of Nusrat Bhutto, who always treated her like her daughter. She said that today they were crying again for Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Mir Murtaza Bhutto, Shaheed Shahnawaz Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, adding that Begum Nusrat Bhuttos death was ten times more loss as she was their mother. Meanwhile, Fatima Bhutto, granddaughter of Begum Nusrat Bhutto, said that her grandmother was kept away from them under a conspiracy as the rulers used to get sympathy from the masses. Ghinwa Bhutto and her children - Fatima and Zulfiqar - left Karachi for Gharhi Khuda Bux to take part in the final rituals of Nusrat Bhutto today (Monday).