Bhutto family

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Bhutto family
Mausoleum of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.jpg
Mausoleum of Zulfikar Ali and Benazir Bhutto at Garhi Khuda Baksh
Ethnicity Sindhi Rajput[1][2]
Current region Larkana, Sindh
Place of origin Pakistan/British India
Members Shah Nawaz Bhutto
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Nusrat Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto
Fatima Bhutto
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Connected members
Distinctions Political prominence
Family tragedies
Estate Bilawal House I
Garhi Khuda Bakhsh

The Bhutto family (Sindhi: ڀُٽو‎) is Pakistani family who are prominent in Pakistani politics and government. An ethnically Sindhi Rajput clan[2][1] based in Sindh province, the Bhuttos have been settled in the area for over two centuries, having migrated to Sindh from Jaisalmer in India under Setho Khan Bhutto in the seventeenth century.[3] Shah Nawaz Bhutto, a direct descendant, came to prominence during the British Raj as a dewan of the princely state of Junagadh. During the Partition of India, Shah Nawaz's accession to Pakistan was thwarted by the Indian Army, and the Bhuttos fled to Sindh.

Beginning the political dynasty, Shah Nawaz's third son Zulfikar Ali Bhutto founded the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in 1967 and would serve as President and Prime Minister. His daughter, Benazir, also served as Prime Minister, while Benazir's husband, Asif Ali Zardari, later served as president. The Bhuttos continue to dominate the leadership of the PPP: Benazir's son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is current co-chairperson.

The family has been the centre of many premature deaths, drawing comparisons to the Kennedy curse: Zulfikar was convicted and executed in 1979; Shahnawaz died in mysterious circumstances in France in 1983; Murtaza was killed in a police encounter during his sister's government in 1996; and Benazir was herself assassinated in 2007.

Family tree[edit]

Ghulam Murtaza Bhutto
(1862 – 1940)
Shah Nawaz Bhutto
(1888 – 1957)
Khursheed Begum
(Lakhi Bai)
Nabi Bux Khan Bhutto
(1887 – 1965)
Mumtaz Begum Sahiba Bhutto
Muhammad Mustafa Khan Bahadur
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(1928 – 1979)
Nusrat Ispahani Bhutto
(1929 – 2011)
Imdad Ali Bhutto
Sikander Ali Bhutto
Mashoq Bhutto
Mumtaz Ali Khan Bhutto
(1933- )
Shahnawaz Bhutto
(1958 – 1985)
Rehana Fasihudin Bhutto
Sanam Bhutto
(1957- )
Nasir Hussain
Fauzia Fasihudin Bhutto
Murtaza Bhutto
(1954 – 1996)
Ghinwa Itaoui Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto
(1953 – 2007)
Asif Ali Zardari
(1955- )
Ameer Bux Bhutto
Ali Haider Bhutto
Sassi Bhutto
Shahmir Hussain
Azadi Hussain
Fatima Bhutto
(1982- )
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Jr.
Bilawal Zardari
(1988- )
Bakhtawar Zardari
Asifa Zardari

  not direct relatives (only related by marriage)


According to other authors, the family migrated from Sarsa in Hissar.[4]

  • Founding father Doda Khan of Pir Bakhsh Bhutto
  • Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto, Ameer Bakhsh Bhutto, Illahi Bux Bhutto (Honorary Magistrate Larkana District)
  • Ghulam Murtaza Bhutto, Rasul Bakhsh Bhutto
  • Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto (Member Bombay Council)
  • Sardar Wahid Baksh Bhutto (Member, Central Legislative Assembly and Bombay Council, Chief of tribe)
  • Nawab Nabi Bakhsh Bhutto (Member, Central Legislative Assembly)
  • Khan Bahadur Ahmad Khan Bhutto
Family tree of bhutto family

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wolpert, Stanly A (1993). Zulfi Bhuto of Pakistan:His life and Times. Oxford University Press. p. 4. ISBN 0-19-507661-3. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Zulfikar Ali Bhutto". Encyclopædia Britannica. 
  3. ^ Taseer, Salmaan (1980). Bhutto: a political biography (PDF). New Delhi: Vikas Pub. House. p. 9. 
  4. ^ Zulfikar Ali Bhutto: a memoir, Chakar Ali Junejo, National Commission on History and Culture, 1996, p. 7

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