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Where is Fatima Bhutto?

September 10, 2008

She was born in Kabul, grew up in Lebanon, did MA from Columbia University, USA and emerged as a writer/poet and social worker (sort of). She has got the might of pen and it’s due to that I like her a lot. I truly appreciate her point of view on many subjects. And I stayed in touch with her throughout when she used to write a weekly column in The News called A hundred beats.


With the start of political campaign last year she almost stopped writing. After the assassination of Benazir she came into limelight once again. The media thronged her to get her take on the whole issue. She tentatively pointed finger at Asif Ali Zardari for her assassination. It’s a known fact that the distance grew between the Bhuttos in mid 90s because of Zardari. She vehemently maintains that her father Mir Murtaza Bhutto was murdered in an encounter style by the then establishment, which was headed by her aunt Benazir.


Fatima still awaits justice in the case of her father’s assassination. As she pointed out the important witnesses have either been killed or retracted their early statements. The police officials involved in an encounter have been given promotions. That is just one aspect of the sad state of affairs in our country.


She is a huge critic of Zardari. When PPP won the majority vote and formed the government, the writer/journalist William Dalrymple rang her up and asked:


“So, with Zardari in power, are you now afraid for your own safety?”

Fatima considered for a second before answering: “Well, I am certainly very afraid for this country,” she said. “Even before Zardari, this was a country where anything can happen, a country that regularly disappears its own people. The state here is, in the worst way, expedient. You just don’t know what’s waiting for you, especially if you stand up and say what you think. And I have never been an especially diplomatic person. I certainly don’t belong to the silent majority.”

She paused. “So perhaps I should be anxious,” she said. “After all, this man knows no limits. He has a record. He has, as they say, form. And he is now clearly indulging in the politics of revenge and retribution. It’s nothing new – it’s how he has always been.” She paused again. “But what can you do? You just have to carry on as you can, and try to tell the truth as you see it. That’s all you can do.”



Ever since Zardari has come into power she doesn’t write regularly in the paper. After prolonged absence, last month she wrote an article about the impeachment of Musharraff and sensing where things are moving she wrote this,  


“We have options. Zardari is not an option. Sharif is not an option. The army is not our one and only option. The mullahs have not become an option yet. There are close to 200 million of us: I’m sure we can think of something better.”




Zardari is not an option. We do admit this but then what is something better she talked about. We have yet to figure out that. I wish she stay safe and keep writing the truth.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2008 3:40 pm

    I think the real heir of Bhutto’s family is now Fatima Bhutto. We can compare him with bibi and ZA Bhutto by his educational background and views. I wish her to be in Pakistani politics actively on the front line. She should fight for justice actively.

  2. September 10, 2008 4:50 pm

    Even though Zardari may be having a record of ill-doings. We can not just appreciate a person who joins the bandwagon and starts bickering about him. Even though Fatima may be considered as the rightful heir to Bhutto’s legacy, we should at the very least shun promoting dynastic politics. On the one hand the scribe mantions Fatima’s statement regarding the lack of choice for our leaders, and on the other she talks about political inheritance.

  3. Ordinary Girl permalink
    September 10, 2008 8:19 pm

    “We have options. Zardari is not an option. Sharif is not an option. The army is not our one and only option. The mullahs have not become an option yet. There are close to 200 million of us: I’m sure we can think of something better.”

    I thought it was the job of intellectuals like her to tell us what is that ‘something better’.

    PPP calls itself a DEMOCRATIC party, and yet, its leader passed on the leadership to her son as if the party was a personal property like Surrey Palace! And the other branch of Bhutto’s bicker over who’s the REAL heir!!

  4. Ayesha permalink
    September 11, 2008 7:59 am

    OG: She is a thinker, it’ll take her years to become an intellectual. So expecting her to come up with a viable solution is just a bit too much asking.

    Our tragedy is that we aren’t confronted by a single problem. There are numerous hence the solution isn’t that easy.

    Personally I believe and I have read her as well, that the new leadership (from within the masses) with no family-name tag should come into politics. That seems a dream though…

    Oh well, Fatima and others demanded many times to show that (so-called) will to the world where BB passed on the party leadership to her son. We know there was no such will 🙂

  5. September 13, 2008 3:11 pm

    At the end of the day the people of Pakistan have to change themselves before anything good can happen..

    So the rumour is the new president had Benazir killed? And she was his wife before? I guess if this is true it could only happen in Pakisten.. In a few years people will say Musharraf was a blessing atleast he kept some stability.. Even if theres not much change for the better atleast stabalising things is a blessing too..

    Like I say I know nothing of Pak politics but it doesnt say much when you are not allowed to express your thoughts freely without fear to life as in the case of Fatima Bhuto..

    Pakistan needs reform but it wil only come if the people reform…sometimes reform is mistken for change which is what Pakistn has opted for now..change.

    Salaams 2 All..

    Btw very interesting blogs..

  6. kandy permalink
    September 16, 2008 7:29 pm

    I am not a political type but the cercumstances have actually coerce me to say something.Our country is headed towards great danger and i fear it may no longer exsist in some time.Politics is the main conundrum of this country.It needs to go to a safe hand immediately.The question here is not that who is perfect for this job but rather this that everyone in thier own place and their own stature can help to emerge this country to a position once dreamed for it.And that i guess would be possible under fatima’s rule.In pak ppl only blame others which is the easiest thing to do lets proove ourselves for once as a nation then i guess no ruler will actually be required at all.
    Best wishes n stay united this is what this country needs.

  7. Goonga permalink
    September 20, 2008 12:21 pm

    Ash is right about Fatima, Fatima is just a rising voice and thank God media is also giving her room, due to her legacy and thats blessing too, I think.

    She is grand daughter of ZA Bhutto and thats good thing for common people like me because this is the reason that media is projecting her to some extent but still she is voice of millions which have to say some thing but no platform available so having projection in media due to any reason of good thing.

    For a moment, think she is not daughter of Bhuttos, she is ordinary educated girl then wont she has any right to have her say? Does being from Bhuttos deprives him from taking any such stance about people of Paksitan?

  8. Asma permalink
    September 21, 2008 5:46 am

    The real question is – where is Ayesha 😛

  9. anwar khan permalink
    September 21, 2008 9:52 am

    It is not expected that we find a maximum fit. Need of the hour is to have one to take us to a level of positivity.

  10. September 21, 2008 8:25 pm

    may be she is in aitkaaf:)

  11. Asma permalink
    September 22, 2008 5:25 am

    Could be 🙂 thats good news – please pray for us as well.

  12. Goonga permalink
    September 22, 2008 11:02 pm

    Asma, could she read your message during aitkaaf? i.e. is internet allowed during aitkaaf in sharia? if so then please pray for too as I really need that.
    I wonder if not so then she will read it after finishing aitkaaf and then it will be “Edi Mubarak”.

  13. Goonga permalink
    September 22, 2008 11:06 pm

    oops! sorry financial mistake…its
    Eid Mubarak!

  14. Ayesha permalink
    September 28, 2008 8:28 am

    in aitakaaf

    I wish I was 😛

  15. October 7, 2008 10:28 am

    I would appreciate it if Ms Bhutto were to contact me. Do check out my site.

  16. DON_CHUADHRY permalink
    February 12, 2009 7:43 am

    why she is dating with goerge clooney ????

  17. Ayesha permalink
    February 12, 2009 9:50 am

    Seems a rumor!

  18. June 7, 2009 7:42 pm

    bhutto is fatima

  19. June 7, 2009 7:43 pm

    bhutto is fatima 0034627878972

  20. Almir permalink
    September 6, 2009 4:21 pm

    bhutto is fatima 🙂

  21. January 11, 2010 11:48 am

    Real Leader of Bhuttos, after the assasination of Benazir Bhutto, is Fatima Bhutto.

  22. Saima Malik permalink
    August 30, 2010 1:52 am

    Hey Fatima. i really appreciate your fight for the truth. plz come and take stand for our homeland Pakistan. its relly need such like freedom fighters right now. we are in need. pakistan is in trouble.

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