I attended a book reading/Q&A hosted by Fatima Bhutto based on her new book Songs of Blood and Sword on Friday in London. She read a few excerpts based on violence from her book and then proceeded to answer questions, whether they were related to her book or not.

I am not an entirely political type of person, the current election campaign for the general elections in May don’t interest me the slightest since nothing and no-one is ever who and what they appear to be. But because a few of my previous posts relating to the sorry state of Pakistan got me wondering, I decided to go and hear what Fatima’s POV on the countries situation is.

I havent had the chance to read her book though some are ambivalent about it and her, others deem is to be a personal account of the chequered history of the Bhutto dynasty (nor did I manage to buy one at the event and have it signed by her either! Something I regret now!) but her loud criticisms of the Zardari government and placing the blame of her fathers death at the foot of her aunt Benazir have attracted an audience and followers who cannot fathom why people do not see what appears to be glaringly obvious when it comes to the unstable and tumultous state of Pakistan.

She may be ultra liberal for some, but the insights into Pakistan which she provides make a change from the usual puppets on a string show that many others put on in order to save face. Though she vehemently denies having any interest in going into politics, as her passion is for writing onlyand of being counted on her own merits only – this doesn’t deny her the opportunity to speak about Pakistani politics as a member born into the country’s most well known political dynasties – and it is her name which draws people to her first and perhaps her opinion on issues second.

Filled with much murky water and struggles within, one wonders whether the only thing the Bhutto families have in common is a shared surname and a sad and blood filled history.

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