FATIMA BHUTTO SONGS OF BLOOD AND SWORD PDF

Photograph: Graeme Robertson Fatima Bhutto was 14 years old when her father, Mir Murtaza, was shot dead by police after a gun battle outside his Karachi home in Songs of Blood and Sword is an account of his life seen through her eyes. In clear and unpretentious prose it gives a vivid impression of the brutal and corrupt world of Pakistani power politics, which has resulted in the violent deaths of four members of the Bhutto dynasty in the past 31 years. The first was to avenge the death of his father, ex-president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, at the hands of the man who ousted him, General Zia-ul-Haq. The rivalry between the energetic and idealistic Murtaza and the calculating and ambitious Benazir gives the book its central dynamic. Her general description of him is affectionate and largely uncritical — rather as one might expect from a young girl who adored her father.

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Theme[ edit ] The book chronicles the tragic life of a family of rich feudal landlords — the Bhutto family of Pakistan. The author mainly describes the murder of her father, Murtaza Bhutto in a police encounter outside their home in Karachi when her aunt Benazir Bhutto was sitting Prime Minister.

In the book, the author blamed her aunt and her husband Asif Ali Zardari for the murder of her father, who was the biggest threat for her government. The author also hinted that the mysterious poisoning of her uncle Shahnawaz Bhutto in was the work of some combination of the Zia regime , the CIA and Benazir. In addition to this, the book traces the history of four generations of Bhuttos and their political power, while also providing insights into the accusations of fraud and violence within Pakistani political circles.

Critics[ edit ] Songs of Blood and Sword got mostly mixed reviews from critics. William Dalrymple published a review in Financial Times by saying "Songs of Blood and Sword is moving, witty and well-written.

It is also passionately partisan: this is not, and does not pretend to be, an objective account of Murtaza Bhutto, so much as a love-letter from a grieving daughter to her father and an act of literary vengeance and account-settling by a niece who believes her aunt had her father murdered.

But for those who like their history presented in personal terms, it will not disappoint. Hope, injustice, drama and grief are all ably captured and conveyed in what is a highly readable introduction to the grim realities of domestic politics in Pakistan.

She wrote "In fact, the book is an attack on Zardari whom Fatima blames for everything wrong with Pakistan today. Fatima fails to see anything wrong with the Bhuttos. They are presented as martyrs who died for Pakistan. The fact that all of them died in either pursuit of power or during internal power struggles has been ignored by the writer.

With their feudal, arrogant attitude, the Bhuttos have been part of the problem and not the solution. But the writer fails to address this issue. In the book, Fatima has suggested that Benazir also played a role in another family murder — the poisoning of her brother Shahnawaz in the south of France in — that has elicited the most vivid reaction.

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Theme[ edit ] The book chronicles the tragic life of a family of rich feudal landlords — the Bhutto family of Pakistan. The author mainly describes the murder of her father, Murtaza Bhutto in a police encounter outside their home in Karachi when her aunt Benazir Bhutto was sitting Prime Minister. In the book, the author blamed her aunt and her husband Asif Ali Zardari for the murder of her father, who was the biggest threat for her government. The author also hinted that the mysterious poisoning of her uncle Shahnawaz Bhutto in was the work of some combination of the Zia regime , the CIA and Benazir. In addition to this, the book traces the history of four generations of Bhuttos and their political power, while also providing insights into the accusations of fraud and violence within Pakistani political circles. Critics[ edit ] Songs of Blood and Sword got mostly mixed reviews from critics. William Dalrymple published a review in Financial Times by saying "Songs of Blood and Sword is moving, witty and well-written.

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