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Jakarta Post

Fatima Bhutto: Negotiating Nobility

  • Kate Lamb


Ubud, Bali   /   Mon, October 19 2009   /  09:03 am

Courtesy of Neal HornafferPerhaps there is nobility in saying no. Discussing US President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize and her rising political stardom in Pakistan, Fatima Bhutto, the niece of assassinated Pakistani prime minister Benazir, suggested prematurity on both fronts.With the nomination coinciding with the anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, where the US president has pledged to send 40,000 more troops, and with American drones continuing to fly over the heads of Pakistanis, Fatima is clearly not impressed.“I think it would have been the right thing [for Obama] to say no, not yet,” she says.The journalist and writer was in town to speak at the Ubud Writer’s and Readers Festival, and caused a stir at every event.“It is a shame that a country, which as a nation is not linked with peace, seems to keep producing Nobel Peace Prize winners. Jimmy Carter, Henry...