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Fatima may contest on aunt Benazir's seat in next polls

Fatima Bhutto, the fiery niece of slain former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto, is expected to contest on her late aunt's seat in the next general elections.

world Updated: Jan 31, 2009 15:09 IST

Fatima Bhutto, the fiery niece of slain former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto, is expected to contest on her late aunt's seat in the next general elections.

Sindh National Front (SNF) chief Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, who is the cousin of late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, has said that Fatima would run from Larkana in the next general elections, media reports in Islamabad said.

The seat was won by Benazir Bhutto in all elections between 1988 and 1997 and is now being held by President Asif Ali Zardari's sister Faryal Talpur.

Mumtaz Bhutto said Fatima, Zulfikar Junior, children of Benazir's brother Murtaza and Sassui Bhutto (daughter of Benazir's brother Shahnawaz) were the real political heirs of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's family "as Zardaris cannot become Bhutto just by changing their caste," the Dawn newspaper quoted him as saying.

He hinted at the early merger of the SNF and the Pakistan People's Party-SB, which is led by Ghinwa Bhutto, Fatima's stepmother.

A new chapter on struggle with people's support would be written with the merger of two parties, he said.

About his arrest on charges of attack on a newspaper's office, Mumtaz said: "I believe in the freedom of press, so I could not even think of a plan to attack a newspaper".

He alleged that the President's House was behind sending him to jail and not the media.