KARACHI: Former Sindh governor and ex-chief minister Mumtaz Bhutto passed away Sunday. As per his spokesperson, Bhutto had been ill for a while. He died at age 94 at his Karachi residence.
Mumtaz Bhutto was a close aide (first cousin) of former prime minister and PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. His body will be sent to Larkana at 6pm for funeral prayers, revealed his spokesperson.
Mumtaz Bhutto, after developing differences with the PPP, had formed his own party, the Sindh National Front (SNF). In 2017, he announced that the SNF had merged with the PTI.
Earlier, Bhutto had merged the SNF with the PML-N before the 2013 elections. However, both parties parted ways after Bhutto developed differences with the PML-N.
Mumtaz Bhutto has served as 8th Governor of Sindh. He was chairman of the Sindh National Front and Sindh Qaumi Itehad. Mumtaz Bhutto was the founding member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), former federal minister, Governor of Sindh and Chief Minister of Sindh.
Mumtaz Bhutto served as the Governor and CM of Sindh in 1970. He also served as the Federal Minister for Railway Communications and Shipping Corporation. He later became the first convener of the Sindhi Baloch Pushtoon Front (SBPF) in 1985.
After that, he formed his own party, named as the Sindh National Front.
In 2011, Mumtaz Bhutto merged his party with the PMLN. However, in 2016, he left the Nawaz League as well.
Later in 2017, Mumtaz Bhutto joined PTI.
Mumtaz Bhutto started his political career in the 1960s as a founding member of the PPP, according to his long-time colleague Ayub Shar. He was elected as an MNA in the 1970s and served as a federal minister.
He formed the Sindhi Baloch Pakhtun Front in 1986 with barrister Hafeez Pirzada during his self-imposed exile in London after Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s hanging.
Shar said that Bhutto gave the concept of “confederation” in Pakistan. “He advocated provincial autonomy under the Pakistan Resolution of 1940 and struggled [his] whole life for its achievement,” Shar said, adding that the “echo of provincial autonomy in parliament” today was a political achievement of Bhutto.
The deceased has left behind a widow and four children, including PTI leader Amir Bux Bhutto and journalist Ali Haider Bhutto.