Sanam Bhutto is the daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, and the younger sister of Benazir Bhutto. She is the only surviving child of the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Bhutto.
Sanam was educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Karachi, and later attended Harvard University. She married Nasir Hussain, the son of a 1940s Diwan of the former princely state of Junagadh like her grandfather Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto. However, the couple later divorced.
According to the 30 July 2003 Sentencing Order passed by the Swiss investigating magistrate on the SGS/Cotecna cases against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari of alleged corruption, Nasir Hussain's company, Nassam Overseas Inc., was one of the three offshore companies that received "commissions" on the award of a pre-shipment inspection contract by SGS/Cotecna. According to some estimates, between September 1994, when SGS/Cotecna were awarded the contract, and September 1997 Nasir Husain's Nassam Overseas Inc. had received $3.81 million in commissions.
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