Nusrat Bhutto was herself elected twice to the Pakistani parliament.
She led the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) until her daughter took over in the mid-1980s.
Her husband, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was the founder of the PPP, which controls the government in Pakistan today.
He was prime minister and president in the 1970s.
Nusrat Bhutto led the PPP for several years after her husband was hanged in 1979, during the military rule of Gen Zia-ul-Haq.
Her daughter, Benazir, later took over as head of the PPP and served twice as prime minister.
Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007, shortly after returning to the country to participate in elections following years of exile. Her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, is now Pakistan’s president.
Nusrat Bhutto will be buried in the family’s mausoleum in southern Sindh province, a PPP spokesman said.
In her lifetime she saw much heartache and death. Lost so many family members, killed in the ruthless world of Pakistan’s politics.
A remarkable woman who always showed such grace and dignity.
To Him we belong, and to Him we shall return.