Fatima Bhutto, a woman who could have entered mainstream politics in Pakistan due to her family associations yet chose to channel her talents into journalism. Currently a writer and columnist, she has published three books and is an activist but has no links with any political parties.
Daughter of Mir Murtaza Bhutto and twice Prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto’s niece, Fatima Bhutto was born in Afghanistan. At the age of three her parents separated and she moved from country to country with her father. Her father eventually re-married Ghinwa Bhutto, and it is to her that Fatima credits her upbringing. After completing her secondary education she went abroad to Manhattan’s Barnard College and then to the SAOS at the University of London for her degrees in Middle Eastern Languages and South Asian studies respectively.
Her book ‘8.50 a.m. 8 October 2005’ portrays the living memories and firsthand, terrible accounts of those who survived the devastating 2005 earthquake. She had already distinguished herself as a promising poet by her compilations of poem ‘Whispers in the Desert’ at the astounding age of 15. She wrote another book named ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’.
Fatima started off as a daily column writer in Pakistan’s famous newspaper Jang and its English twin ‘The News’. Currently she works for The Daily Beast and The new Statesmen, writing columns. She also reported live and on the spot, the Israeli invasion o fLebanon.
AlthoughFatima is ever active in the political arena she has repeatedly stated that she has no intentions of entering mainstream politics. This is particularly due to the fact that she disapproves of the effects of family politics on the country. In fact she plans to cause awareness and be vigorous in the political scene of the country, but only through her pen and not any sorts of political office.