Politics in Pakistan is a Game of Thrones in real life. The constant battle of who gets who and how much they get is something we all have been witnessing since the birth of Pakistan. We have seen the history of the Bhutto family’s political dynamics and believe that almost everyone from their family is somehow related to politics. Still, Benazir Bhutto is one of the bravest and resilient female politicians the world has ever seen. We have another gem from the Bhutto family who never stepped into politics and chose to write and was also a critic of Benazir Bhutto. That woman is Fatima Bhutto.
Born on the 29th May 1982, Fatima Bhutto is a Pakistani writer and columnist. Born in Kabul, she is the daughter of politician Murtaza Bhutto, niece of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and granddaughter of former Prime Minister and President of Pakistan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. She was raised in Syria and Karachi, and received her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, followed by a Master’s degree from the SOAS, University of London.
Fatima Bhutto Critic of Benazir Bhutto
Bhutto is a critic of her aunt Benazir Bhutto and her husband Asif Ali Zardari, whom she accused of being involved in her father’s murder. She wrote a non-fiction book, Songs Of Blood And Sword (2010), which is about her family. Bhutto’s family memoir Songs of Blood and Sword was published in 2010. In the book, Bhutto accuses her aunt Benazir and her husband Asif Zardari of killing her father Murtaza. The book got mixed to negative reviews from critics for being biased on the history of her family. Several family members have accused her of falsifying information.
Fatima Bhutto has written for The News and The Guardian among other publications.
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Politics and dream of being a writer!
Not surprisingly, Fatima had no desire to enter the political world. Following the death of her auntie, Benazir Bhutto, there was theory over her entry into politics. In an interview, she expressed that until further notice she likes to stay dynamic through her activism and writing, as opposed to through chosen elected office and that she needs to “rule a political career out entirely because of the effect of dynasties on Pakistan,” alluding to the Bhutto family administration and its connections to Pakistani legislative issues. In spite of the fact that Bhutto is politically dynamic, she isn’t associated with any political group.
Moreover, She says that she always wanted to be a writer. She was very lucky to have a father who was a feminist and as a child, she was always told she could do anything. Bhutto loved to write. On one occasion she said, “I’m doing my dream job! There’s no way I’d surrender it.”
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Women empowerment and Bhutto
Fatima Bhutto is vocal about women’s rights and Islam. She talks enthusiastically about equal rights and women’s rights on every ground. On one occasion she said, “The Islam I know gives women a lot of rights.” Bhutto also believes that women in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh lag behind inequality not because of culture, but because of politics.
The lack of political will is the main reason behind women not coming forward. And strong women like Fatima Bhutto are changing this narrative every day!
Fatima Bhutto is a Pakistani writer and columnist. Born in Kabul, she is daughter of politician Murtaza Bhutto, niece of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and granddaughter of former Prime Minister and President of Pakistan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
She lives with her stepmother in Old Clifton, Karachi. Bhutto received her secondary education at the Karachi American School.
About her religious faith, Bhutto said at an interview, that she is a cultural muslim and describes herself as a secularist.
Although Fatima Bhutto is politically active, she is not affiliated with any political party. She writes for different publications.
Fatima Bhutto has written eight books including Songs of Blood and Sword, The Runaways, New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, Whispers of the Desert, New Kings of the World: The Rise and Rise of Eastern Pop Culture, 8:50 A. M. October 8, 2005: Stories of Hope and Courage from the Earthquake in Pakistan and Daastan Khoon Aur Shamshir Ki : Ek Beti Fatima Bhutto