Fatima, who has two books to her credit, is now working on a book on the Bhutto clan.She also writes occasional columns criticising the functioning of the government.While she has resisted the pressure so far – saying that she doesn’t believe in “birthright politics” – nobody pretends that any Bhutto of sufficient brains and class can stay out for ever, and it is widely expected that she will contest Benazir’s old seat, in the family fiefdom of Larkana, north of Karachi, in the next general election.
Murtaza came to prominence when his father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s prime minister from 1973-1977, was arrested and sentenced to death by the country’s military dictator, General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq.
The aim of the execution was to put an emphatic end to the Bhuttos’ influence on national life, but its effect was to radicalise the family’s followers, and Murtaza, with his brother, Shahnawaz, having fled abroad, embarked on a campaign of violent reprisals.
What can be said for certain is that Fatima’s life to date has been shaped by tragedy, particularly the 1996 killing of her father, Murtaza, Benazir’s younger brother.
Like almost everything that happens within or around the wealthy Bhutto dynasty, Murtaza’s death remains rich in intrigue, and from it has flowed much of the suspicion and bitterness that now characterise family relationships.
Fatima's memoir will explore four generations of her family history, marked by tragedy and division -- including the stories of her grandfather Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, executed in 1979; her uncle Shahnawaz, murdered in 1985; her father Murtaza, murdered in 1996, and her aunt Benazir, assassinated in December 2007."Fatima's story challenges the conventional wisdom about Pakistan, about the politics of family, and about the relationship between women and power," UK-based publisher Jonathan Cape said shortly after sealing a deal for the book with Fatima. Though Benazir made several warm references in her autobiography "Daughter of the East" to her niece, Fatima believes her aunt tried to split the Bhutto family apart.