17 June, 2021

Still Squabbling Siblings

After a surprise rendezvous with sister Benazir, Murtaza fails to find common ground

Still Squabbling Siblings

THE feuding political legatees of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her estranged brother Mir Murtaza, fin-ally met in Islamabad on July 7.The two had last got together in 1990 in Damascus where Murtaza had been living in exile. Murtaza left Pakistan soon after his father was overthrown by Gen Zia-ul-Haq in 1977 and returned in November 1993 amid much fanfare but was immediately packed off to jail for the cases registered against him during Zia's regime.

Benazir had become Prime Minister for a second term in October and was a little wary of meeting her brother who had been spewing venom against her even before he landed in Pakistan. In the elections that catapulted Benazir to power, he contested against Pakistan People's Party (PPP) candidates, much to his sister's discomfort. Their mother, Nusrat Bhutto, had openly campaigned for her son. When he returned home, at least 70 cases were pending against him, dating back to Zia's days when Murtaza spearheaded an armed struggle against him through his Al-Zulfikar...

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