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Tuesday's Connector: Fatima Bhutto

April 20th, 2010
05:42 PM ET

Fatima Bhutto is a Pakistani born poet, journalist and social activist.

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She comes from a long line of family members who were involved in Pakistani politics - her father, Murtaza Bhutto was a member of the powerful Pakistan People's Party and she was the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

She was also the niece of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in December 2007.

While her other family members may have become global heavyweights in international affairs, Fatima Bhutto is better known for her collection of books than her political will.

Her first book was a collection of poems and was called "Whispers of the Desert".

Today, Bhutto is out with a new book called "Songs of Blood and Sword" which is a memoir on her life.

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Fatima Bhutto and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Fatima Bhutto to the following questions:
    – What is your opinion on the current situation in Pakistan?
    – What needs to be done to really connect Pakistan and India?
    – Why did you called your latest book "Songs of Blood and Sword"?
    – What has triggered you to publish your latest book called "Songs of Blood and Sword" ?
    – What can we expect from you in 2010?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Fatima Bhutto’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname
    Latin-American

    April 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  2. Khalid Javed Anwar

    I do not know when you decide to join and start taking part in politics,but many of us in Pakistan are sure that you have got the talent and courage of The Bhuttos and the real torch bearer of Bhutto Family. You must be ready and prepare yourself to take charge and guide your grand father's party,which have been hijacked by ALI BABAS,the Zardaris.

    These Zardaris have no interest in the state of Pakistan nor do they have any interest in the welfare of its people.Do they care about the party workers who have sacrificed for the party under dictatorships?No.They care about only money;minting a lot of it.

    April 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  3. Thomas Mathew

    Fatima, you are gorgeous in sari with bindi . The article in the “Hindu’ http://tinyurl.com/yalmlsg answers some of the questions of Jurgen R. Brul. I am one with Khalid Javed Anwar in wishing that she will lead Pakistan someday , but whether she will be able to cope with the murky world of corrupt politicians, military and parochial middle class , is doubtful. Maybe it is good for her and people who like her literary persona, if she carries on with her literary pursuits.

    April 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  4. Smith in Oregon

    How sad that another intelligent and attractive Muslim women is very likely to be murdered by Muslim leaders that matter of fact target all Muslim women who are outspoken, educated, have political views and encourage other Muslim women to cast off the Muslim chains of bondage.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  5. Keeyan Aahyo

    If you are so against dynastic politics, how come your mom wants you to be in politics and why your PPP-SB party includes name Bhutto and is headed by your mom and in general seems to capitalize on Bhutto name?

    April 21, 2010 at 4:58 am | Reply
  6. Keeyan Aahyo

    If you are so against dynastic politics, how come your mom wants you to be in politics and why your PPP-SB party includes name Bhutto and is headed by your mom and in general seems to capitalize on Bhutto name?

    Keeyan Aahyo
    Chennai, India

    April 21, 2010 at 4:59 am | Reply
  7. Keira

    Hello!

    Just wanted to ask Fatima, with her last name being associated with politics in Pakistan and around the world, does she feel any added pressure to carry on the "family business"? What is her vision for the future of Pakistan?

    Thanks guys!!

    Keira
    NY

    April 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  8. judith

    Do politcs inspire your work? And if the answer is yes, is this you
    way to contibute to your political family?

    Judith
    The Hague
    Netherlands

    April 25, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  9. Tracy Russell

    God Bless,you and all that is in you! Bless his holy name.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  10. Sultan Ameer from Karachi, Pakistan

    Will you join Pakistani politics in the future? If so, how? Will you represent Shaheed Bhutto Group as its chairman or a member or will you merge Shaheed Bhutto Group with Pakistan People's Party and represent both parties with your cousin Bilawal Bhutto Zardari?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:49 am | Reply
  11. Ryan J.H. Jang

    How do you feel when your lovely families were dead?
    I think so desperately frustrated...
    How did you overcome that times?

    May the Power Be with You Forever!

    April 27, 2010 at 8:12 am | Reply
  12. Rana Asif

    I would advice her, to stay away from Zaradari and her relatives. If she will take part in politics, her life would be in danger by them. May you live long!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:05 am | Reply
  13. AMAR SINGH

    After becoming a book writer:
    Would you ever consider launching a new product line e.d: beauty, stationary, or even candles?
    Do you feel somtimes Benazir Bhutto influences you in becoming a strong woman, or who do you look up to to get strong inluences from?

    April 27, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  14. Stephen Takacs, Beijing, China

    Keep doing what you do best, Fatima, writing and fighting! I remember that from our days at KAS, Karachi. Be safe. Drop Ms. Gillund and me a line when you get a chance at: PEDALSTEEL22@YAHOO.COM

    April 27, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Reply

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