Pakistan has become a country of ghosts, says Fatima Bhutto | Pakistan Today

Pakistan has become a country of ghosts, says Fatima Bhutto

Pakistan has become a country of ghosts, eminent writer Fatima Bhutto stated in an Op-Ed piece in The Hindu on Friday.

“They are everywhere, the victims and the perpetrators both,” Fatima wrote, adding that Shias have overtaken Hindus and Christians as targets of sectarian killings.

Ismailis, she wrote, were a peaceful community of Muslims who shared a closeness with the country’s Shia minority and are thus victimised.

“Seventy per cent of Pakistan’s Muslims are Sunni. And in this predominantly Muslim country, it is no longer Hindus or Christians who face the largest threat of violence from orthodox and radicalised groups but Shias,” Fatima said.
“We cannot look at the dead too long — only long enough to check that what ended their lives will not end our own. Fatal lists swing wildly from the specific to general. Are you Hazara? Are you Shia? Are you an Ahmadi? Any of the above will get you killed.”

Implicitly slamming the murder of bloggers in Bangladesh, she said: “Soon, are you a liberal? Supporters of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party, young Pakistanis living inside and outside the country, already troll the Internet attacking anyone vaguely critical of their values… Every journalist that criticises their party is a ‘lifafa journo’. Soon, like in Bangladesh, you will be asked: Are you a writer?”

“There is violence everywhere here — in threats and in action. Everywhere.”

Every province that suffers the horrendous attacks suffers amnesia too.

“Sindh’s phenomenally corrupt government mounted a defence against its sin of not protecting the 43 dead — terror happens all over the country, the chief minister said, it happens in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab too.”

Fatima Bhutto noted that Pakistan had ended its moratorium on the death penalty in December. In the last six months, it has hanged over 100 people on death row. Of the 8,000 prisoners on death row in Pakistan, more than 1,000 have exhausted all their appeals.

“This was the response after the brutal Peshawar school attack: kill death row convicts and we will be safer. But since then, we have only had more blood.”

Related posts


  1. xzoko said:

    Wow another zealot why do people fail to understand that Pakistan is in a state of war and is dealing with poverty criticism is due but is it the answer

  2. Yasir said:

    If our leaders of past and present had been patriotic this country would be a prosperous peaceful land. But the so called democratic leadership of past and present have pushed this country in the hands of terrorists and now they are playing with lives of common man. Our haram khor leaders have hoarded money from this country and made the foreign banks prosperous. Fatima bhutto belongs to one such family who has made this nation suffer and at the brink of failed state. Shame on them!!!!

  3. Ali Razavi said:

    Family of martyrs: Perhaps all are Bhuttos, except the real Bhuttos!

  4. aamir said:

    she was one, who wrote the article in the nytimes in favor of convicted person (Hussain) who was suppose to death penalty now DNA proved he was not juvenile.
    Why she didn't write what is going in the sindh(land grabbing. killing of people.drug mafia)
    She just cater only those issue which can get the fame internationally to defaming Pakistan

  5. Dlow said:

    There is nothing she said that is false….Pakistan is becoming a nation of haters and rock throwers who have no solutions !!

  6. Humaira Latif said:

    @ Fatima you forgot to mention the barbarism against Ahmadi Muslims which your granddad started and your mum continued only to appease the then Kingdom of Arabia and the deadly Mullahs – the worst creatures on earth as prophesied by The Last Law-bearing Holy Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him.
    Your late grand dad started this nightmare.

Comments are closed.