Her father, whom she has not seen for five months, is defending his coalition government against multiple challenges from the courts, the Opposition and the military. Dozens of PPP supporters were dead. But she has just started a degree at another British university. She has already experienced more than her fair share of family tragedy.
We will say goodbye now. Itty says they were not unduly worried. Two uncles have been murdered. Pakistan was reeling amid a wave of suicide bombing and support for President Pervez Musharraf, a general who had seized power in a military coup inwas dwindling.
Zardari was recuperating, after his 11 years in prison, at a medical clinic in New York.
She kept the pregnancy a secret for as long as possible, determined that the men around her should not exploit the situation. Her mother was assassinated just a few months before she went to Edinburgh.
But with finals now upon her, there is still little time for going out. Finally, I knew I would never be able to do that again. And almost before we sit down, she is talking like a politician. Then it was filled with advisers and chain-smoking party workers, talking up her plan to go home and contest new elections, having already served twice as Prime Minister.
He was known as Mr Ali so we could just disappear from the scene. Nobody had a clue. Her BlackBerry is buzzing with messages from friends and relatives wanting to see her during the few days that she is in town. But very soon, after her graduation this summer, she will face some life-changing decisions.
After several weeks of hard slog, she recently posted that her dissertation was finally in the ring binder. I want to support my brother. The endless sniping makes Itty fume and at Edinburgh she has earned a reputation asa fierce defender of the family name.
So will British-educated year-old Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari now enter the violent political arena of her homeland? Here, she dons a headscarf and becomes Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari, the eldest daughter of Benazir Bhutto; the scion of a clan that has gripped Pakistani politics for the past four decades.
I had big arguments with the teacher.
He wanted to get us away from politics until we were married with children. My mother always told us to be proud and to stick together. Itty reveals that her mother had asked her daughters to accompany her. Then, they become the best thing Pakistan has ever had.
The answer is almost certainly yes. I wanted to show her like I used to. We were discussing my university application form. Dressed in her trademark black, Itty settles into an armchair. For Itty, these characters demonstrate how human frailty is the cause of failure, rather than fate or, especially, gender.
Benazir Bhutto became pregnant with her second child in Marchjust three months after being voted into office, the first woman elected to govern a Muslim state. For most of their childhood, Itty, Aseefa and older brother Bilawal lived with their mother in Dubai, where Benazir had gone into self-imposed exile after the collapse of her second government in I should have been with her.
There are continuing attempts to prosecute him for corruption charges. Zardari was arrested, accused along with his wife of accepting millions in bribes. Facing a parliamentary vote that it was unconstitutional to have a pregnant head of government, she secretly arranged to have her daughter delivered by Caesarean section.
But when Musharraf declared a state of emergency soon after, she decided to go back.Bakhtawar Aseefa Bilawal and Benazir Bhutto.
The children carry on where their mother Benazir Bhutto left off.Download