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Justice denied to everyone where I come from: Fatima Bhutto

SAMAA | - Posted: May 29, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: May 29, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Justice denied to everyone where I come from: Fatima Bhutto

Image: Channel 4

Justice is denied to everybody in the country I come from, said writer Fatima Bhutto in an interview with Channel 4 News on May 25.

She revisited the memory of her late father Murtaza Bhutto, who was assassinated near his house on September 20, 1996. “I lost my father in a police killing when I was 14 years old.”

She remarked, “I carry a tragedy with me. It’s a part of my life.”

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Social Affairs Editor Jackie Long, who conducted the interview, asked her to comment on her previous statements on the role played by her aunt Benazir Bhutto in her father’s assassination

“Benazir was the prime minister when my father was killed in 1996. If she didn’t order the killing, her government certainly protected the killers,” she added.

Bhutto remarked that she has no political aspirations as of yet and is currently content writing books.

She spoke in detail about her novel The Runaways, which was initially released on October 15, 2018. It deals with the topic of radicalisation and extremism among young people. She believes that the discussion on this topic is quite shallow.

She said that religion is blamed for radicalisation and the political aspects are not discussed at all.

“MI5 has done studies and found that religion is not a feeder to radicalisation, it’s an insulator. It protects you,” she said, adding that most young people who were influenced by radicals were never religious in the beginning.

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Digital media has played a huge role in weaponising experiences of powerlessness, humiliation, fear, and isolation, Bhutto remarked. Migrants who aren’t accepted as a part of the society they live are susceptible to radicalisation.

She said that the governments needs working towards providing an inclusive and safe future to its people.

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One Comment

  1. Faraz  May 30, 2019 12:16 am/ Reply

    and what about you Fatima Bhutto, what have you done for your country or your people from within this “place that you come from” which is certainly Pakistan. What have you done about other scourges of the society where you gleefully wander over to have your book openings? what about the rape and murder of innocent Muslims in india? did you ever happen to write about it? how many children would have been and continue to be radicalized as a result of atrocity in Kashmir? why have you not said anything about that front and center issue in the “place that you come from” huh?

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