Sunday, April 11, 2010

Aunt Benazir betrayed my father, says Fatima

Though Fatima Bhutto is the first person to say that people give too much importance to names, it’s her name and the bloody history associated with her lineage that gives her a special position in Pakistan. From her unique vantage point she has openly and very vocally criticized the governance there. Poet-journalist Fatima Bhutto—daughter of Murtaza Bhutto and niece of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto—is in India hoping that people will read her book called ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’. CNBC-TV18’s Anuradha Sengupta caught up with the gen-next of Pakistan to chat about her future plans.
Below is a verbatim transcript of the interview. Also watch the video.

This book to you is a daughter’s memoir about her father and yet you do know that a lot of people will probably pick it up because they know you as Benazir Bhutto’s niece—is that something that you are comfortable with?
It’s a story about a family and it’s told from someone who is not only lived with the people inside, including my aunt Benazir, but who knew and loved them. The story of Pakistan is also an element of the book and I hope that for whatever reason people pick up Songs of Blood and Sword and that they stay with it to see more of Pakistan and more of a country that really is quite similar to the other ones that we see in the region.

Full interview here

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