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Former Sindh Governor, CM, Mumtaz Ali Bhutto passes away

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LARKANA: Former governor and chief minister and a political heavyweight of Sindh’s politics Mumtaz Ali Khan Bhutto passed away in Karachi on Sunday, ARY News reported.

Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, had served as 8th Governor and later the 13th Chief Minister of Sindh.

He was the first cousin of the founder of Pakistan People’s Party and former prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and uncle of late Benazir Bhutto, two-time former prime minister of Pakistan.

His funeral prayers will be held on Monday and will be laid to rest at a graveyard in his native village Mirpur Bhutto in Larkana district, according to the family sources.

Political Career

Mumtaz Ali Bhutto born in Larkana in year 1933, became a member of Pakistan’s National Assembly on March 05, 1965.

When Zulfikar Ali Bhutto announced founding of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in 1967, he was one of the founding member of the party and a close aide of ZAB.

He was elected a member of the National Assembly in 1970 general election defeating a political heavyweight Qazi Fazlullah.

When Zulfikar Ali Bhutto became the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mumtaz Ali Bhutto was named Governor of Sindh on 24 December 1971, while made Sindh’s Chief Minister in May 1972.

In 1985 he announced a new political alliance “Sindhi Baloch Pushtoon Front” which was later turned into a political party named Sindh National Front.

He was elected to a seat in the provincial assembly from Larkana in October 1993 general election. He was also named interim chief minister of Sindh in November 1996.

Mumtaz Ali Bhutto in 2017, merged his SNF party with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

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