Fatima Bhutto

Like the Borgias of Renaissance Italy, the Bhutto family is Pakistan’s most fascinating, conspiratorial and bloody clan. To understand Pakistan, one has to get the Bhuttos. I have long been fascinated by them.

Fatima Bhutto is the 26-year-old niece of Benazir Bhutto. She’s also the daughter of Murtaza Bhutto, who was murdered in 1996 when she was 14. She’s promoting her new book, “Songs of Blood and Sword,” so there’s been a quite a few stories about her lately. Here’s an interview with an Indian TV station. One of the most illuminating interviews is the 2009 one Joel Whitney did with her for his magazine, Guernica. Guernica also published an excerpt from the book a few days ago.

The book discusses her conviction that the moral responsibility for the murder of her father Murtaza rests with her assassinated aunt Benazir and her widower, Pakistan’s current president Asif Ali Zardari.

Fatima has published a book of poetry and a book of interviews with victims of the devastating 2005 Pakistan earthquake. You can check out some of her journalism¬†at The Daily Beast where she’s a contributor. She lives in Karachi.