Fatima Bhutto at Stanford
By A.H. Cemendtaur


Fatima Bhutto is seen addressing a gathering of students and academics at Stanford

She is young, she is attractive, she is articulate, and she is a Bhutto.  But unlike other members of the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto family, 28-year old Fatima Bhutto does not want to gain power through politics -- Fatima wants to gain influence through her pen.  And it is hard to debate that her influence is growing. 

Whereas her first two books were locally published in Pakistan , her third book, ‘Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir’, recently published by Nation Books, NY, is exposing her to a much wider audience. 

This scribe caught Fatima Bhutto at the Stanford University on October 5 at the tail end of her book-promotion tour that started in New York on September 24.  In her speech at Stanford, Fatima Bhutto talked about the checkered history of Pakistan and provided insights gained being a Bhutto family member.  And this is what ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’ is about too, an observation of the political affairs of Pakistan through the vantage point of a member of a political dynasty.

 

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