Fatima Bhutto – Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir

Fatima bhutto Songs of Blood and Sword‘Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir’, is the title of latest book written by the vivacious and smart Afghan born Pakistani journalist & writer Fatima Bhutto. She studied at Columbia University and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She currently writes columns for The Daily Beast, New Statesman and other publications while living in Karachi, Pakistan.

Her current book is inspired by the harsh realities of her life and it tells the story of the assassination of her father, Murtaza Bhutto – in which her uncle Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s current president, was allegedly involved. Fatima points the needle of suspicion to Zardari, who, in fact, was investigated but later let off, presumably because of lack of evidence. Fatima tells it all without flinch.

Fatima was born into a politically powerful but tragic dynasty. She is the 27-year old granddaughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who was executed in 1979; niece of Shahnawaz Bhutto, who was murdered mysteriously in 1985; daughter of Mir Murtaza Bhutto, who was assassinated in 1996 and niece to Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007. She had seen it all from political power to blood shed in her life.

PPP’s co chairman and Fatima’s uncle Asif Zardari took his oath as the President of Pakistan on 20 September, 2008 which is the day of 12th death anniversary of Mir Murtaza Bhutto which Fatima finds cruel on her uncle’s part.

She also said in an interview that,

“On Zardari’s first day as Pakistan’s President, he awarded one of his co-accused (Shoaib Suddle) in the case the ‘Hilal-e-Imtiaz’. He gave him a national medal for services to the Pakistani people. And one wondered if killing Murtaza is included in this service,” Suddle was then made the head of the Federal Investigation Bureau of Pakistan.

She got a rousing welcome for her book launch all over the world. Her book is selling like hot cakes now days in India and Pakistan & tops bestseller list. According to express tribune her book is better seller than former Indian foreign minister Jaswant Singh’s book on Jinnah but it has yet to overtake Pervez Musharraf’s memoir ‘In the Line of Fire’.

Although she has denied her political intentions but it is believed that Fatima could be the future political challenger to Zardari’s and Benazir’s 21-year old son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

10 thoughts on “Fatima Bhutto – Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir”

  1. @Ali: Mankind is still a primitive species, afraid of death, and some are more afraid than others, so they kick and scream and claw. Death is just a doorway. There’s Jannah beyond it, in so brief a jump you’ll never notice, though it take a hundred million years. Do not fear. Just do as much good as you can while you’re here. Doing good speeds us up, doing evil slows us down. We’re all on this journey together. Race ya! 🙂

  2. @james. Man my heart cries tears of sorrows that why do some killings like from terrorist or any1 else slide by so easily! I fail to understand. It has been more than 60 years that our country came into existence but still we can not get the justice rolling??

  3. @Ali: Yes, sir, she’d be crazy not to write about her unique experiences. There would be, of course, some things she did not know and can’t tell, or does know and dare not tell, or, true to the family tradition, defies the odds and tells anyway, and the devil take the consequences; of course the true guilty parties will be the first to buy the book, wondering if it’s time to move to Toronto.

    @Shakir: Well, bully for her! “The pen is mightier than the sword.” The sword is decisive and final at silencing a particular arguer, but makes the argument itself much bigger; if anyone comes at her with a sword, I hope she will THROW her pen at them as she reaches, with practiced familiarity and ease, for whichever loaded large-bore firearm comes quickest to hand, or a bunch of big, dumb guys thus equipped. We bear in mind that some people, like the rest of the animals, don’t care to read or write or think things through.
    Benazir’s assassination, I think, cost Pakistan a good bit of credibility here, some of the results of which I believe you have seen. We were watching with great interest–can they? (yet) will they? (yet) Oh, NO! Dashed again. Scowls. All right, (sigh…) gloves off. It appears that she is more effective in death than she probably would have been in life; she would have understood martyrdom, surely. It must have been very hard for her to stand up, all but certain it would be the end of her, but alas, poor dear, she had no choice. It was for Pakistan.

    Gotta watch those spoilt sons; they all think they have a right, ’cause their Daddies told them so. The world is not their Daddies, tho, and has a different opinion. You have to admit that the airplane thing was a real, creative attention-getter. Boy, howdy…

    Maybe you can get Guru Yusha to drive nails in the Hindu witch’s hands and feet, and stone her with bismuth armadillos. And cover her up with crystals and chicken feet for good measure. That should teach her to set curses.

    Hi, Yoo-shoo! Are you dodging me again, or still? You’re not being fun, little buddy. (row of smilies)

  4. James: she’s a very good writer and I don’t have the slightest doubt that she wrote it herself. I exchanged some views with her a couple of years ago and found her writing impressive. The trouble is, she thinks her father could do no wrong. He was of course a terrorist who hijacked a plane to get his associates released from jail (I once read that he was the one who first suggested crashing a plane into a skyscraper). I met him once and thought he was a typical spoilt son of a feudal leader (which his father was). There’s a story about a Hindu woman’s curse on the Bhutto family, but I can’t relate it here because I don’t think it’s true.

  5. interesting to hear the story from a daughther who has lost many in a streak. Some of course to terrorist activities and others within family fued I suppose. This would be an interesting piece to read I must say. To curb on violence within Pakistan and prevent losses we must promote a fair judicial system.

  6. @Shakir: Okay, so do you think she wrote her book herself, or did some low-paycheck copywriter do it? I know you’ve got to be careful around the filthy rich–they don’t have the kinds of problems that most people have, and don’t really consider the average citizen to have any value or meaning. They get bored and go off on some of the craziest tangents.

    It appears to me that you guys have a problem with the “silver-spoon” crowd, what we used to call the “good ol’ boy” system here. The women’s liberation movement here went a long way toward making a lot of them honest, even though it’s still far from perfect.

  7. With all due respect to the dead, the Bhuttos are not known for being intelligent. ZAB was so stupid he didn’t see that the masses hated him and he lost his life as a result of his foolishness. Murtaza Bhutto was no different. He defied the police who had surrounded him and got shot. As for BB, she was responsible for her own death. Despite knowing that there were killers out there, she stood up and exposed herself, despite all attempts by her companions to remain seated.

  8. Hmm…legacy…dupatta?…blood…Columbia…moderni–!…very strong jaw yet superbly gracile…definitely a hottie with a lot of real horsepower and an eagle’s perspective, lacking but a few more years–one to watch, if some prince doesn’t sidetrack her–not likely, you say? Agreed. Knows too much already. The red fingernails are, of course, to augment the word “blood” in the title, seems like; great little detail for stage effect, as if to say “I did it, or might–watch yourselves.” Impressive. What would your mothers think of her, young gents?

  9. @ hina: no doubt she haz a bright future…bt d field is yet to be seen…whether its politics or journalism….may be both siblings will wait for the right time to jump…nd with the current falling graph of ppp may be d time is approaching


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