Granddaughter of Former Pakistani President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
- The Guardian
Fatima Bhutto graduated from Columbia University (majoring in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures), and from the School of Oriental and African Studies with a Masters in South Asian Government and Politics. Outside of her writings on Pakistan, Bhutto has also reported from and about Israel, Lebanon, Iran, and Cuba for several publications, including The Guardian, The New Statesman, and The Daily Beast. Bhutto is also the author of 8:50 a.m. 8 October 2005, a collection of first-hand accounts from survivors of the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir
In September 1996, fourteen-year-old Fatima Bhutto shielded her baby brother while shots rang out outside the family home in Karachi. This was the evening that her father, Murtaza, was assassinated. It was the latest in a long line of tragedies for one of the world's best-known political dynasties. Songs of Blood and Sword tells the story of a family of feudal landlords who became power brokers in the newly created state of Pakistan. It is an epic tale of intrigue and the international political elite, the making of modern Pakistan, and, ultimately, tragedy. It is also a book about a daughter's love for her father and her search to uncover the truth of his life and death.
8.50 a.m. 8 October 2005
Fatima Bhutto went to the earthquake-hit areas of Azad Kashmir and NWFP, met with victims and wrote their accounts in a simple way that successfully conveys the courage of children, who despite losing everything did not lose heart, are hopeful and want to do something great in future.
Whispers of the Desert
A selection of poems by the 15-year-old daughter of Murtaza Bhutto, who was assassinated during the premiership of his sister, Benazir Bhutto. Although most of the poems were written three years before, they seem almost premonitory, as though Fatima had sensed a tragic transformation in her life.
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