Fatima Murtaza Bhutto Pakistani Poet and Writer

Fatima Murtaza Bhutto, born 29 May 1982, is a Pakistani poet and writer. She is granddaughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the niece of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and daughter of Murtaza Bhutto.

She currently writes columns for The Daily Beast, New Statesman and other publications. 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. She is active in Pakistan's socio-political arena,  supporting her mother Ghinwa Bhutto's party the Pakistan Peoples Party (Shaheed Bhutto), but has no desire to run for political office. Fatima Bhutto is from a Sindhi family. She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, while her father Murtaza Bhutto, the son of former Pakistan's President and Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, was in exile during the military
regime of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. Her mother is Fauzia Fasihudin Bhutto,
daughter of Afghanistan's former Foreign Affairs 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 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. 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. She has also written a book of poetry, Whispers in the Desert; a memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword, was published in April 2010.

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