Fatima Bhutto is daughter of late Mir Murtaza Bhutto and nice of Late Banazir Bhutto, she was born on 29 May 1982 in Afghanistan she is Pakistani poetess and writer and may become a politician although she does not believe in heriditary politics of Pakistan she is seen by many as future leader. She herself says ? I don’t believe in birth-right politics. I don’t think, nor have I ever thought, that my name qualifies me for anything ?
She came to fame at age of fifteen years when she wrote her first book, a collection of poems, titled Whispers of the Desert.
Bullets riddle the air
But sitting up high
Nothing is wrong as long as I have power
Danger lurks around corners
Violence flows as freely as blood in the streets
Death is a part of everyday life
But those at top
Look down at the people and smile
Nothing is wrong
Nothing will go wrong as long as I have power
The city erupts, dissolves
The city collapses
But, at the top
They are in power
She is now a columnist for The News in Pakistan. She received notable coverage for her second book, 8:50 a.m. 8 October 2005. She is active in Pakistan’s socio-political arena, but has no desire to run for political office
Fatima Bhutto was born in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul. Her father, Murtaza Bhutto, was son of former Pakistan’s President and Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, and her mother is Fauzia Fasihudin Bhutto, daughter of former Afghanistan’s Foreign Affair official. Her father was killed by the police in 1996 in Karachi during the premiership of his sister, Benazir Bhutto. Her parents divorced when she was young and Ghinwa Bhutto became her stepmother in 1989. Years later, her mother unsuccessfully attempted to gain parental custody of Fatima.
She completed her BA degree in Middle Eastern studies? from Barnard College of Columbia University, after receiving her secondary education at the Karachi American School. She received a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London? She lives with her stepmother Ghinwa Bhutto, and her half-brother Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Jr. They live at the famous residence 70 Clifton Road in Old Clifton, Karachi, “Karachi’s oldest and plushest suburb.”
Her book 8.50 a.m. 8 October 2005 marks the moment that brought life to a standstill in Pakistan’s north, as a major earthquake jolted the region from Islamabad to the valleys of Azad Kashmir. Fatima Bhutto visited the affected areas to record and compile inspiring accounts of those affected?victims and volunteers?as a tribute to their hope, courage and resilience in the face of calamity.
? There is a dire, ongoing need to recognize and remember that the earthquake didn?t just leave a lot of rubble behind. There are literally millions of people in the need for rehabilitation: physical, emotional, and economic. We urge you to share these stories with as many people as you know, so that you can remind them of the lingering effects of this tragedy, and pave the way for the aid/relief agencies seeking donations, individuals and groups lobbying for international support, and continued financial donations from every individual who is inspired by these stories to continue to help. ?
In addition to the book on Earthquake, she also has a book of poetry “whispers in the Desert” on her credit.
Following the assassination of her aunt, Benazir Bhutto, her entrance into politics has been speculated. She has stated that for now she prefers to remain active through her writing, rather than through elected office. However, she actively supports her mother’s chairmanship to the unpopular wing of the Pakistan People’s Party (Shaheed Bhutto Group), which failed to win a single seat in the 2008 elections.
While she has resisted the pressure so far – saying that she doesn’t believe in “birthright politics” -nobody pretends that any Bhutto of sufficient brains and class can stay out for ever, and it is widely expected that she will contest Benazir’s old seat, in the family fiefdom of Larkana, north of Karachi, in the next general election.
While such a move is guaranteed to unleash the colourful and uproarious celebrations that traditionally accompany the entry of a new family member into the fray, it will do little to answer the questions of what actually Fatima stands for, and whether, given Pakistan’s fabulous record of failure, it will make any difference.
Until now she has made her name largely as a newspaper columnist for forthright, if stodgy, opinion and as the author of two books of poetry. Educated in New York and London, equally at home in the cultures of the East and West, her celebrity has grown to the point where she causes a stir wherever she surfaces.
What can be said for certain is that Fatima’s life to date has been shaped by tragedy, particularly the 1996 killing of her father, Murtaza, Benazir’s younger brother. Like almost everything that happens within or around the wealthy Bhutto dynasty, Murtaza’s death remains rich in intrigue, and from it has flowed much of the suspicion and bitterness that now characterise family relationships.
Murtaza came to prominence when his father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s prime minister from 1973-1977, was arrested and sentenced to death by the country’s military dictator, General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq.
The aim of the execution was to put an emphatic end to the Bhuttos’ influence on national life, but its effect was to radicalise the family’s followers, and Murtaza, with his brother, Shahnawaz, having fled abroad, embarked on a campaign of violent reprisals.
While living in exile in Kabul, Afghanistan, Murtaza married a local woman, and in May 1982, Fatima, their only child, was born. The marriage did not last, and Bhutto whisked his baby away, first to Tripoli, then France and later Damascus. Thus she grew up, effectively stateless, always on the move, and constantly menaced by the pursuing agents of Pakistan’s security forces.
In Syria, Murtaza fell in love with Ghinwa Itoui, a Lebanese ballet teacher, whom Fatima considers to be her real mother and political mentor. For all the complications and privations of life on the run, it is clear, too, that she worshipped her father, “a wonderful man” she says, and continues to cherish his controversial legacy. In 1993, with Zia gone, and Benazir newly-elected as prime minister, Murtaza returned home to wild celebrations. Yet any hopes that the country would enter into a benign Bhutto-ruled period of constructive calm were shattered as brother and sister clashed over the sharing of power, and, particularly, the role of Benazir’s ambitious but much-distrusted husband Asif Ali Zardari, today the country’s president.
Three years later, after returning to his home in Karachi, Murtaza was shot dead in a confrontation with police. The circumstances remain disputed – the police say Bhutto’s bodyguards pulled guns on them, survivors of the entourage say it was a straight rub-out – but the result was a rift between Benazir and her niece, that lasted until the older woman’s own violent death in December 2007.
There are unsubstantiated rumors that she is said to be currently involved in a dating relationship with actor George Clooney. George Cloony . He has expressed his belief in love at first sight, but, as we know, Pakistan is a tough place for foreign born political consorts, and George will need to think carefully before he signs up to a new role as this year’s answer to Jemima Khan.