Pakistani media spitting blood on book: Fatima

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 16:33

Islamabad: Fatima Bhutto, whose book on the
Bhutto dynasty was released recently, says Pakistani media is
"spitting blood" over the tome.

Some Pakistani critics have dismissed Fatima`s book
"Songs of Blood and Sword" as being one-sided and full of
glaring half-truths. "Pakistani media is spitting blood over
it - which is to be expected..." Fatima, tweeted to a
Pakistani woman politician who claimed to be reading her book.

"The good news is that they still hate me in Pakistan!"
reads another tweet by Fatima, who has been actively promoting
her book on the social networking website Twitter.

However, Fatima is elated that her book is doing well in
India. "Thank you! Very strange that I`m slated at home but
feted in India...politics, I tell you," she tweeted recently.

Fatima also celebrates the fact that her book is selling
more than Jaswant Singh`s book on Pakistan`s founder Muhammad
Ali Jinnah.

However, Fatima`s memoirs are yet to beat former
President Pervez Musharraf`s memoirs "In The Line Of Fire".
In one of her tweets, Fatima thanks "India" for making
her book No 1. "Best news of all? `Songs of Blood and Sword`
is the number 1 non-fiction book in India. Thank you
India...."

Fatima`s portrayal of her late aunt, former premier
Benazir Bhutto, in the book has not gone down well with many.
"As a work of journalism, which is what the book purports to
be, `Songs of Blood and Sword` is about as useful as `Mein
Kampf`.

"Fatima Bhutto prefers lyricism over facts, yes-men over
dissenting opinions and vendettas over reconciliation," read a
report in a local daily.

Fatima is also being criticised for succumbing to family
tales of greatness of her late grandfather Zulfiqar Ali
Bhutto. "Bhutto`s hero-worship of her grandfather is matched
only by the venom she directs at her aunt Benazir Bhutto. By
now everyone is wearily familiar with Fatima Bhutto`s
accusation that Benazir was responsible for her father
Murtaza?s murder," the newspaper report said.

"But she adds a new charge to Benazir`s rap sheet: the
curious death of Shahnawaz Bhutto. All she offers by way of
evidence is an interview she had with a lawyer, Jacques
Verges, who looked into the case," the report added.

Leading Pakistani political commentator and columnist
Nadeem F Paracha pooh-poohed Fatima`s memoirs and pointed out
some "glaring half-truths".

"As expected, the book is a passionate argument against
whatever her controversial father (Murtaza Bhutto) had been
accused of, and, of course, this being Fatima Bhutto, she
makes sure to every now and then ridicule her aunt, Benazir
Bhutto, who, as a character in the book, is always lurking
somewhere behind, manipulating, sulking and having a split
personality?," Paracha wrote in a piece titled "Dad who would
be king".

Fatima`s book has been shortlisted for the Big Red Read
prize in Britain.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 16:33

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