Islamabad: Former First Lady Nusrat Bhutto has been posthumously conferred with Pakistan's highest civil award Nishan-e-Imtiaz and the title 'Madr-e-Jamhooriyat' (Mother of Democracy).

82-year-old Nusrat, the widow of former President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the mother of assassinated premier Benazir Bhutto, died on Sunday.

The citation for the award said, "No tribute can do justice to Begum Nusrat Bhutto, the mother of democracy. We salute her courage, her enumerable sacrifices, her tenacity... What a great family, what a way to live and to die... The Bhutto narrative is beyond history and belongs to the realm of legends.

"The nation is once more united in their collective grief for a family whose sacrifices remain unparallel in our life."

Nusrat was elected twice to the Parliament.

(Agencies)