Bhutto family mausoleum

Mazar of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is situated at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, in Larkana District, Sindh, Pakistan.

Mazar Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Mausoleum of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.jpg
LocationGarhi Khuda Bakhsh, Sindh, Pakistan
Nearest cityLarkana
Coordinates27°41′41″N 68°20′15″E / 27.69472°N 68.33750°E / 27.69472; 68.33750Coordinates: 27°41′41″N 68°20′15″E / 27.69472°N 68.33750°E / 27.69472; 68.33750
Area65,000 sq.ft
Established2011
Governing bodyShaheed Bhutto Mazar Committee

The mazar is notable for containing the graves of the Bhutto family and being the burial place of Zulfikar, Murtaza, Nusrat,[1] and Benazir Bhutto.[2]

ConstructionEdit

The history of the mausoleum began in 1979 when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was buried here. This was already then the ancestral graveyard of the Bhutto family.

Benazir Bhutto initiated the construction of the mausoleum. Initial construction was done during 1993 to 1997 with architect Zaigham Jaffery.[3] He visited Khomeini and Atatürk's mazars to seek inspiration and also tried to incorporate elements from the Shalimar Gardens, Lahore.

The revised design by Waqar Akbar Rizvi included five domes and four iwans like the Taj Mahal. The building is covered with white marble. Glazed tiles inscribed with calligraphy and fresco work and based on Sindhi Hala patterns have been used.

Bhutto FamilyEdit

Those buried here include:

On the anniversary of the death of Benazir Bhutto, large crowds gather at the site.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pakistan buries former first lady Bhutto". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  2. ^ Benazir's dead body reaches Garhi Khuda Bakhsh - Dawn
  3. ^ The making of Garhi Khuda Buksh, October 25, 2011
  4. ^ Shirin Amir Begum, the widow of former prime minister late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, died of cardiac arrest here on Sunday-DAWN
  5. ^ Commemoration or deification? Pakistanis honor 'martyred queen' Benazir Bhutto, Waj S. Khan, NBC News, Jan 2, 2013