Fatima Bhutto's Songs of Blood and Sword

This article is from 2010.

Fatima Bhutto's Songs of Blood and Sword

Benazir Bhutto's niece tells her criticizing story.

Mystery still surrounds the murder of Benazir Bhutto in 2007 but while people like her niece Fatima are around to ask questions, there’s always some chance that the puzzle might yet be solved. Not that Fatima has the family blinkers on as she was an arch critic of Benazir’s reign in Pakistan, dubbing her ‘an unscrupulous feudal leader’ with a ‘sheer lust for power’, even suspecting her of complicity in her father Murtaza’s death in 1996. Her story is told within the pages of Songs of Blood and Sword.
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Fatima Bhutto

When Fatima Bhutto’s father was murdered by Pakistani police in 1996, Benazir Bhutto – her aunt – was Prime Minister. Fatima became a passionate critic, claiming that Benazir had ordered her father’s murder. A decade later, Benazir herself was assassinated. Now, in Songs of Blood and Sword, Fatima Bhutto reveals the…

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