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F atima 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. Murtaza's adult life, we learn, was dominated by two great causes. 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. Then, after Zia's own death in , the second was to protect his father's political legacy from his sister, Benazir.
An important and revealing new book on the Bhutto family, a dynasty that is central to the story of modern Pakistan. In September , a fourteen-year-old Fatima Bhutto hid in a windowless dressing room, shielding her baby brother while shots rang out in the streets outside the family home in Karachi. This was the evening that her father Murtaza was murdered, along with six of his associates. In December , Benazir Bhutto, Fatima's aunt, and the woman she had publically accused of ordering her father's murder, was assassinated in Rawalpindi. It was the latest in a long line of tragedies for one of the world's best known political dynasties. Songs of Blood and Sword tells the story of a family of rich feudal landlords - the proud descendents of a warrior caste - who became powerbrokers in the newly created state of Pakistan.
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Songs of Blood and Sword is a memoir written by Fatima Bhutto. The book recounts author's father, Murtaza Bhutto 's murder by the Pakistani police in Karachi in , when she was a teenager of 14 years old. The story covers the events, she saw through her eyes in her young lifetime. 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.