Destiny?: Fatima Bhutto to contest next elections

Published: December 1, 2012
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Fatima Bhutto will contest from Liaquatpur for NA-192. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Fatima Bhutto will contest from Liaquatpur for NA-192. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

BAHAWALPUR: Pakistan People’s Party-shaheed Bhutto group chief Ghinwa Bhutto announced that her daughter Fatima Bhutto will compete for a seat in the National Assembly during the next elections.

Speaking at an event the widow of Murtaza Bhutto said Fatima will contest the elections from Liaquatpur, NA-192.

Fatima is a writer and the granddaughter of PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and niece of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

While she supports her mother in the socio-political arena, Fatima herself has noted on previous occasions that she has no desire to run for public office and has “rule[d] a political career out entirely because of the effect of dynasties on Pakistan,” referring to the Bhutto family’s political dynasty that continues with her cousin Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, chairperson of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party.

Bilawal to contest elections from 3 constituencies

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will contest the next general elections from three constituencies in Jamshoro, Larkana and Lyari, said the provincial minority affairs minister, Dr Mohan Lal Kohistani in late November.

Talking to party workers of the minority wing from Jamshoro and Tharparkar districts at his office, he said that the ruling party will soon formally launch its countrywide electioneering campaign under the leadership of Bilawal.

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  • Dec 1, 2012 - 8:25PM

    Nice to see Fatima Bhutto getting political

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  • Ahmed
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:25PM

    Uh-huh! Ok….
    So now know not to believe her since she already went back on her word even b4 the launch of her political career!

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  • F Khan
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:27PM

    She should actually contest against BBZ from either Lyari or Larkana. This time with low PPP popularity she has a chance. She is a Bhutto, educated, presentable, and more intelligent than any of Benazir children.

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  • Tufan Agha
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:33PM

    The dynastic politics is a farse democracy. Military Rule is any time better than such clumsyand corrupt system.

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  • Adolf Hitler
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:37PM

    zindabad…

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  • Adeel Zafar
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:38PM

    Is this a joke with the Pakistani people? This party has damaged Pakistan more in last 5 years than it has done good to it.

    The dynasty politics need to end. So it was her dad who looted the country and now the kids will get the charge of doing that? God help Pakistan. I only fear bad days ahead if such people keep controlling our country.

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  • Aymen
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:43PM

    That’s awesome. We need people like her in politics. People like her should come into politics. Very refreshing.

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  • Dec 1, 2012 - 8:46PM

    The next election should be a good opportunity for Pakistanis to “pass the torch to a new generation”.

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  • Muhammad
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:47PM

    Probably the only sane Bhutto alive

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  • Dec 1, 2012 - 8:52PM

    That’s so great to see a wise and honest person like her to be in elections. She deserves it all. I’ll vote for her if she participate in elections.

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Dec 1, 2012 - 9:21PM

    @Muhammad:
    Bilawal talks sense too but we will never admit it because we are drowned in hate for his father.

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  • HA
    Dec 1, 2012 - 9:40PM

    The rightful heir of Bhutto

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  • elcay
    Dec 1, 2012 - 9:40PM

    Why does Bilawal need to contest from 3 constituencies? Is he doubtful of losing somewhere?If so then surely the PPP has realised that the PPP is on the wane!Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Dec 1, 2012 - 10:16PM

    I am not really sure how to react to this. Hope Fatima Bhutto says something on her Twitter account to verify this.

    @Adeel Zafar She is not Benazir & Zardari’s daughter. Her father is late Mir Murtaza Bhutto who was killed along with 7 other men outside 70 Clifton in BB’s second term in 1996.

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  • Salma
    Dec 1, 2012 - 10:22PM

    It seems ghinwa z now desperate to win election this time. I wonder how will Fatima be able to justify dynastic politics. At least I am not gonna believe her anymore. Just b/c of her surname she thinks she has a right to be in politics. I wld rather vote 4 bilawal than her.Fatima kept bad mouthing Pakistani politicians at international forums, and lied that she despised dynastic rule etc etc….she z contradicting herself but she can’t fool people of sindh. She too has spent her life abroad and criticised benazir 4 wearing dupatta in public. Murtaza never canvass public support and later ghinwa despite establishment backing failed to win a single seat. Now it seems Fatima z the latest pawn by establishment to cut ppp vote in sindh but jiyalas will never vote 4 her and this old game to wipe out ppp will again fail.

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  • Yellow
    Dec 1, 2012 - 10:34PM

    She should just join PTI

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  • Khan
    Dec 1, 2012 - 11:01PM

    @Tufan Agha:

    Military Rule is any time better than such clumsyand corrupt system

    How immature to say the least .. No one is fan of corrupt politicians but take any politician who is most incompetent and the most corrupt in the history of this country and I would choose him any day over a “competent” military dictator. You know why, because if we are fed up we can get rid of that politician in the next election whereas the dictator will start killing and flogging anyone who opposes them, besides any country should be ruled by leaders that the people themselves elect not by some one who thinks its their property.
    Incompetence and corruption is just a mirror of a society .. change the society if you want your leaders to be any better, starting from your own family.
    Fathima Bhutto is all welcomed as an individual but only if she doesn’t become a dictator like her relatives in the PPP or opponents like NS et al, democratic system must start from the political parties first.

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  • Its (still) the EconomyStupid
    Dec 1, 2012 - 11:26PM

    I have heard of her and like her. She is a good orator, and articualtes very well. Pakistan needs more girls like her to protray a soft power and bring fresh ideas. She is well traveled and has a global view on various issues. A good combination of beauty and brain. Recommend

  • sabi
    Dec 1, 2012 - 11:26PM

    Great lady .Good to see an intelectual coming in politics.If she could turn her politicle thoughts into practicle reality then Pakistan has a rare gem in politics.She is wellcome.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 1, 2012 - 11:30PM

    She has brains and looks but its a pity she has no political following, to expect anything substantial from her would be a mistake, unless she aligned her party with one of the bigger players.

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  • Oracle
    Dec 2, 2012 - 12:17AM

    Great! Another Bhutto! Fml.Recommend

  • Jan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 12:34AM

    @Adeel Zafar:
    Pakistan is alive only becoz of this party. After death of Benazir Sindh was at the brink of separation and this party saved it. Get rid of anti-PPP syndrom.Recommend

  • SaneVoice
    Dec 2, 2012 - 12:44AM

    She is the best option among the new breed of family politics and I would love to vote her if I had a vote in Pakistan. A beautiful mind and true reminder of BB.

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  • Omar Sial
    Dec 2, 2012 - 1:10AM

    This is an absolutely incorrect report.

    Omar Sial
    Deputy Secretary General (Pakistan)
    PPP(SB)

    Email: [email protected]

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  • bibii
    Dec 2, 2012 - 1:26AM

    what has she achieved or done to stand for elections?has anyone heard her interviews or speeches….she doesn’t sound any more educated or smart then the average educated pakistani!!!! i was pretty disappointed!!

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  • maheen shaikh
    Dec 2, 2012 - 1:39AM

    This the seconf time ET has posted false rumors about her joining politics.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 2, 2012 - 6:53AM

    Lion of Punjab will eat these cats.

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  • Avatar
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:17AM

    @ayesha: Because bilawal can win three seats in one go, easy.

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  • nazia
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:38AM

    i donot think that ppl will vote 4 fatima. politics and that too,electoral one, is not her cup of tea. fatima z not benazir who endured brutal tortures, imprisonments and harrassment by zia regime and later on by our establishment. in politics u have 2 reach out to the ppl. even her father failed to garner enough support 4 himself. he hardly won an MPA seat in sindh. i think she has resentment over her father’s party poor performance to win public confidence. she always objected 2 bilawal’s appointment( by CEC of PPP) but in her book vigorously supported her father credentials as bhutto political heir on the basis of HIM being the eldest son of ZAB. contrary to what she says on dynastic poitics, fatima supports her mother,ghinwa, who herself was elected by her party’s CEC as life long chairperson (no one in her party z ready to contest her or oppose her chairprsonship. good luckto fatima,but she z not the stuff for electoral politics.Recommend

  • Dec 2, 2012 - 11:41AM

    The news report regarding Fatima Bhutto contesting the elections are incorrect. More care should be taken by The Tribune to verify its news.

    Omar Sial
    Deputy Secretary General Pakistan
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  • S K Afridi
    Dec 2, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Fatima is intellectually sound and mentally matured lady. I am sure for the patriotic elements Fatima will be a good choice. Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Dec 2, 2012 - 6:26PM

    What a joke; claiming never to pursue a political career, and then opting to contest for elections. Instead of encouraging and praising her for this decision, the public needs to call her out on her double standards. Publicly claiming never to enter politics to ‘save’ Pakistan from the curse of dynasty democracy, she is now choosing to willingly subject Pakistan to the same curse. This is not about how she might be different from the previous Bhutto’s. This is not about how she has the apparent intellectual capacity to fix the country (as most people reading this article seem to believe, judging from the comments). This is NOT about whatever reason she might concoct to justify her decision.
    This is about her integrity as a person. This is about her capacity to stick to her words. This is about her lies. This is about her deceit. If she lied about not pursuing a political career, then she lied back then. And if she was genuine about her stance previously, then her decision to stand for the elections prove that she is capable of selling out, should the need or the opportunity arise. Nobody is an angel. But her manipulation of the public by displaying such innate contradictions need to be questioned. No, we do not need people like her in politics, if she is nothing more than an opportunist who is willing to say one thing, and do another. We cry about accountability. Let us start from here. HOLD her accountable for her statements and her actions and the inherent opposition between the two. Question her. Question her motives. Make an informed value judgment.
    Please, for the love of this country and it’s future, DO NOT blindly support her decision to contest the elections just because she looks one way or talks the other.
    Learn to think, learn to question, learn to look at the truth instead of waiting for someone else to come in and save you. You have a moral and ethical responsibility to your country to elect the lesser of all evils.

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  • abdul qadir junejo
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:19PM

    i’t will be joke when Bilawal will contest election against Asad Malak, and against Bhuttos. and in Layari, no more hub for poor Bilawal.

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  • abdul qadir junejo
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:46PM

    it is better time for Fatima Bhutto, to contest election from larkana instead of other place., because ppp lost footing at there during their term of government.

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  • mahboob shaikh
    Dec 3, 2012 - 10:08PM

    Good luck , Fatima Bhutto,

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  • Syed Shah
    Dec 3, 2012 - 10:22PM

    She has every right to contest and she should. Those suggesting that she is going back or her promise are hoping against hope that she should not contest have the way clear for the plunderers. Did she ever promise? No. Never. Please correct your knowledge. Fatima has a much better head on her shoulders than any of the other members of the family. She is educated and to the extent I can make out from her writings she would be much more honest and reasonable and accommodating than all others. Lets wish this young lady good luck and a long long life.

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  • abdul qadir junejo
    Dec 3, 2012 - 11:07PM

    being a writer i’m working on the subject of comming election in the changed political situation in Sindh, for which it is necessary to write down the full scale articales in any news paper. uptil now i got success to assess the district Tharparker from where i belong, and district Jamshore where i live at this time. nowadays i’m working on district Sanghar.

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