Fatima Bhutto
Pakistani writer
Fatima Bhutto
Fatima Bhutto born, Fatima Murtaza Bhutto on 29 May 1982, is a Pakistani poet, writer and journalist. She is granddaughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the niece of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and daughter of Murtaza Bhutto. She came to fame after the appearance of her first book -, a collection of poems, titled Whispers of the Desert. She received notable coverage for her second book, 8:50 a.m. 8 October 2005.
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In Bhutto's 'Crescent Moon,' Pakistan 'Demands A Sacrifice From Its People'
NPR - almost 2 years
Fatima Bhutto is a member of one of the most famous families in Pakistan. Her novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is about Pakistan's remote tribal regions, where loyalties are very divided. » E-Mail This
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'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem
NPR - almost 2 years
Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller. » E-Mail This
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It’s my right to criticise Pakistan because I love it: Fatima Bhutto
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
LONDON:  Not soon after her much-criticised interview, in which she claimed that eating in restaurants and lingering in bookstores are “forbidden luxuries” in Pakistan, appeared in the London Evening Standard, Fatima Bhutto spoke at the London School of Economics (LSE) to a full house about her new book, titled The Shadow of the Crescent Moon. Waziristan, a region the host of the event described as a twilight zone between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and one that is in the news for all the wrong reasons, is the setting of her latest novel. Commenting that being on a book tour is what she imagines being a prisoner of war feels like (being shunted from room to room and interrogated with the same questions) Fatima said that she wanted to write about northern Pakistan but did not choose Peshawar, Bajaur or Banu as these were settings that had too many prejudices, such as the Taliban and drones, attached with them. Thus, she picked the small town of Mir ...
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Aanya Niaz: Where Do The Children Play: Remembering Malala's Cause
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What dreary lives are we leading where our mothers, daughters and sisters are being shot in the head? They point their guns and the target is shunned. What remains is the voice behind, but if we falter in raising that, we'll lose the battle completely. It's no secret that without women, there would be no national development. Why? Mothers raise, educate and set priorities for the children. Mothers ensure health and wealth for their children. Mothers manage the households so her sons and daughters can go to school and become something, one day. Mothers sacrifice their own visions, career aspirations and professional dreams so that her children's mouths are fed. How do women do this? They are biologically inclined to tend to the needs of human beings; their emotional sensibility has ingrained in them a sense of sheer humanity males do not possess. Everywhere we go, we see women catering to the needs of homes, communities and jobs. If the woman is isolated and kept in the dark ...
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Water car: Preaching intellectualism in a society of illiterates
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
So, it’s been more than a month since a ‘messiah’ from the underprivileged led people to believe that he can cure the energy crises, not only of the nation but the entire world. Engineer Agha Waqar from Pakistan spoke of a car that runs only on water as fuel. Some called him crazy, many more called him a fame-hungry small-town engineer and noted local scientists, they labelled him a fraud. Pervez Hoodbhoy, went one step further observing how far Pakistan has fallen into the pit of ignorance and reflected on the decline in the level of public intellect. Well the whole episode doesn’t speak as loud about the intellect of the masses of Pakistan as it speaks about the role of intellectuals in this society. In fact, about the absence of such a role. Being from a science background, I found the claim highly ignorant at first. But, far from being immediately nipped in the bud, it had a ripple effect, and till now there is no such concrete evidence in public which could rebut Engineer ...
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Legislation: A woman’s work is never done
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 5 years
KARACHI:  While Sindh ministers told the assembly on Tuesday that the government was on board to introduce a bill against domestic violence, the lawmakers on the other hand, have had a different story to tell. On Tuesday, Law Minister Ayaz Soomro said that they “had no objections” while Information Minister Shazia Marri said the chief minister was personally committed to the issue. Marri said the draft bill was being reviewed and the objections raised about a bill on the same issue in the National Assembly were also being considered. While the bill in the National Assembly has been laughed off as an ‘NGO bill’ set to introduce ‘western concepts’, in Sindh, it is still being held up by the bureaucracy. After the law ministry mocked several clauses in the proposed Domestic Violence against Women and Children Bill 2012 and asked that the definition of mental torture be changed, the home department has now objected to the punishments listed. “T ...
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'Poetry was a way of making sense of madness' - Times of India
Google News - over 5 years
Blood, sword and suffering are the heartbeat of Fatima Bhutto's literary soul. And it was fear that propelled her poetry, says the heir to Pakistan's tragedy-scarred Bhutto family. An accomplished poet, Fatima, 29, captures love, loss and the solitude
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Festivals of literature lined up - Daily Bhaskar
Google News - over 5 years
The KLF is launching on September 29, the Delhi edition of its festival this year with international authors like Mohammed Hanif and Fatima Bhutto among others. The two-day festival is being held in Kerala on October 1 and 2. Similarly, "Lit for Life"
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Practical steps to protect women's rights: Minister - Pakistan Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Karachi—Sindh Minister for Women Development, Ms. Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto has said that the Women Development Department is taking practical steps for protection of basic rights of women in Sindh.She was talking to a delegation of PPP Women Wing,
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Fatima Bhutto attacks dynastic politics in Pakistan - NDTV.com
Google News - over 5 years
PTI, Updated: September 04, 2011 18:05 IST Beijing: Fatima Bhutto, the estranged niece of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has attacked dynastic politics of her family saying it has destroyed democracy in her country
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Africa shines as One Young World 2011 launches in Zurich - The Zimbabwean
Google News - over 5 years
One Young World, the international youth forum, kicked off its 2011 summit in Zurich with the arrival of the distinguished panel of counsellors, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, Jamie Oliver, Fatima Bhutto and HRH Crown
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Women victims of violence asked to approach complaint centres - Pakistan Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Karachi—Sindh Minister for Women Development, Tauqir Fatima Bhutto has urged the women subjected to any discrimination or violence as well as people privy to any such incident, to immediately contact Complaint Centers functional in the province
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Freedom to Create appoints The Phoenix Partnership - Bizcommunity.com
Google News - over 5 years
The 2011 judging panel includes writer Salman Rushdie, actress Daryl Hannah, social activist Fatima Bhutto, ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, filmmaker Mira Nair, Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive Achmat Dangor and contemporary artist D*Face
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Pakistan, Lanka, Bangladesh writers at India literary fest - South Asian News Agency
Google News - over 5 years
Fatima Bhutto, Mohammed Hanif, David Davidar, Amit Chaudhuri Mirza Wahid Arvind Mehrortra and Shehan Karunatileka are among the lineup for the festival being held in Kerala on October 1 and 2. A curtain raiser would be organised at India International
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Posted On Monday, August 15, 2011 at 04:12:52 AM - Mumbai Mirror
Google News - over 5 years
Given Seth's professional background, it is hardly surprising that the book has been packaged well and loaded with praise from his brother Suhel Seth, senior journalists MJ Akbar, Tarun Tejpal and the glamorous Fatima Bhutto, who ends her blurb on a
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2 new PPP ministers join Sindh govt - The Nation, Pakistan
Google News - over 5 years
... Social Welfare Minister, Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto Women's Development Minister, Daya Raam Wildlife Minister and Makhdoom Jameeluz Zama Inter-provincial Coordination Minister while Sharmila Farooqi Adviser to CM for Media also has status of minister
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Tutu sets off to inspire One Young World summit in Zurich - Independent Online
Google News - over 5 years
Tutu joins other leading figures – including economist Muhammad Yunus, Sir Bob Geldof, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Fatima Bhutto – who will act as counsellors to One Young World ambassadors as they address some of the most challenging issues
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SOAS on brand wagon - Calcutta Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
SOAS is ahead in one respect — its “brand ambassador” is Fatima Bhutto, one of its former Pakistani students and the author of Songs of Blood and Sword, but generally held to be the best looker in the academic business. SOAS applied for permission to
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Stamford 17 year old to attend Young Davos - Norwalk Plus Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
... Oscar Morales, founder of One Million Voices Against FARC; author Fatima Bhutto; Ken Costa, chairman of Lazard International; Flavia Pansier, executive coordinator of the UN Volunteers Programme; Caspar Melville, editor of New Humanist magazine;
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fatima Bhutto
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 32
    Her latest work of fiction — a short story titled Democracy was published in February 2015.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, her fiction debut, was published in November 2013.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 22
    The title of Bhutto's book 8.50 a.m. 8 October 2005 marks the moment of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake; it records accounts of those affected.
    More Details Hide Details She has also written a book of poetry, Whispers in the Desert. A memoir, Songs Of Blood And Sword, was published in April 2010.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 13
    Her father was killed by the police in 1996 in Karachi during the premiership of his sister, Benazir Bhutto, and her mother unsuccessfully attempted to gain parental custody of Bhutto.
    More Details Hide Details She lives with her stepmother and her half-brother Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Jr. in Old Clifton, Karachi. Bhutto completed her B.A. degree in Middle Eastern studies from Barnard College, Columbia University in Manhattan, USA, 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. Following the assassination of her aunt, Benazir Bhutto, there was speculation over her entrance into politics. In an interview, she has stated that for now she prefers to remain active through her activism and writing, rather than through elected office and that she has to "rule a political career out entirely because of the effect of dynasties on Pakistan" referring to the Bhutto family dynasty and its ties to Pakistani politics. Although Bhutto is politically active, she is not affiliated with any political party. She also expressed great sadness at her estranged aunt, Benazir Bhutto's death.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1989
    Age 6
    Her father met Ghinwa Bhutto, a Lebanese ballet teacher in 1989 during his exile in Syria and they married.
    More Details Hide Details Bhutto considers Ghinwa to be her real mother and political mentor. She is the granddaughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto, niece of Benazir Bhutto, Shahnawaz Bhutto and Sanam Bhutto, and cousin of Bilawal Bhutto, Bakhtawar Bhutto and Asifa Bhutto.
  • 1982
    Born
    Bhutto was born on 29 May 1982 to Murtaza Bhutto and an Afghan mother, Fauzia Fasihudin Bhutto, the daughter of Afghanistan's former foreign affairs official in Kabul.
    More Details Hide Details Her father was in exile during the military regime of general Zia-ul-Haq. Her parents divorced when she was three years old and her father took Bhutto with him moving from country to country and she grew up effectively stateless.
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