Fatima Bhutto breaks her silence, questions Benazirs will, Bilawal being the PPP chief

January 13th, 2008 - 7:42 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Benazir Bhutto
London, Jan 13 (ANI): Fatima Bhutto (25), the niece of slain ex-Pak premier Benazir Bhutto and the daughter of the latters younger brother (Late) Murtaza Bhutto, has severely criticised the installation of her cousine Bilawal Zardari Bhutto as the PPP chief, saying that he was not the right choice by any standard.
Hinting at the possibility that Benazirs will, one which was put out before the world by Asif Ali Zardari was the fake one, she said if there was any such will why so much time was being taken to make it public.
“I think at some point the will should be made public, if indeed there was one,” she reportedly said in an interview with the London Times.
Breaking her silence in her first interview after Benazirs assassination, Fatima, a newspaper columnist said that the way Bilawal was anointed at the helm of PPPs affairs, it gave the impression that the party was facing dearth of leadership.
She also averred that by simply adding the surname “Bhutto” didnt make Bilawal the real Bhutto needed by the Pakistanis.
Fatima said that neither she nor her 17-year-old brother (Bilawal) were the rightful heirs. She added that the issue was whether Bilawal was a suitable choice, given that by law he must wait another six years to run for Parliament and 16 years to stand for the prime minister. “Ultimately the party workers believe that nobody can head the party but a Bhutto, but I dont think the workers believe that on whomever you put the Bhutto name can lead,” The News quoted her as saying in the interview with the London Times.
Castigating those around Bhutto-Zardari family, she further said: “They seem to be a party in a hurry and they seem to be desperate to cash in on her (Benazirs) blood. There was a certain coterie around her that benefited richly from her government and they plan, it seems, to benefit richly from her death as well.”
Fatima, who is seen to be having quite a few similarities with her aunt, also rejected her own claim to the Bhutto legacy, calling for a new era of politics based on platforms rather than personalities. “Thats the problem its a field thats held hostage by so few and its become in a sense the family business, like an antique shop, where its just So and So and Sons and then grandsons and great grandsons. It just gets handed down,” she said. (ANI)

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