The death of former First Lady of Pakistan Mrs Nusrat Bhutto, the wife of formerPrime Ministerof Pakistan Mr Z.A Bhutto in an Iranian Hospital at Dubai on the afternoon of 23rd October,2011was widely mourned throughout Pakistan at official and private level. The government declared 24th Oct as public holiday and 10 days official mourning and 40 days mourning within PPP ranks for their iconic leader. ThePresident of Pakistan Mr Asif Ali Zardari, the son-in-law of the deceased lady conferredthe award of Nishan-i-Pakistan posthumously and the title ofMadr-i-Jamhooriyat on her for her relentless fight against dictatorship and exemplary struggle for democracy. All said and done, one feels sad about the lady whoremained bedridden for the last about 10 years in a foreign country and no one in the country especially her near and dear ones felt the need of bringing her to Pakistan's hospitals where world renowned doctors work. The present PPP government which is ruling the country for the last about four years also never thought of bringing her back to Pakistan for personal attention and VVIP treatment. This extraordinaryceremonyfor heron her death gives rise to some speculations and the intelligentsia feels that it is just to gain some political mileage or for some ulterior motives. With all the respect to the deceased former first lady, one asks what contribution she had made forthe progress or prosperity of Pakistan? Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, the sister of Quad-i-Azam was given the title of Madr-i-Millat during her lifetime like her brother Muhammad Ali Jinnah who also was conferred the title of Quaid-i-Azam during his life time. Begum Raana Liaqat Ali Khan was also first lady and governor of Sindh besides her ambassadorial assignments but was never conferredany title. We expect the governmentnot to overdo things to score political mileage. They should have followed the normal family traditions and the dead body should have been received by her immediate family members and buried in their family grave yard in Garhi Khuda Bukhsh. This extraordinary official mourning and declaring one day as public holiday has cost the national exchequer billions of rupees. The expenditure on the use of helicopters, othertransport and manpower on security with impunity is unimaginable and does not behove well with cash starved country. MUHAMMAD AZHAR KHWAJA, Lahore, October 25.