Bhutto's Last Words

Murdered former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto gave what would be one of her last in-depth interviews to More Magazine last October.

Writer Amy Wilentz's piece is in the current issue, on sale now. In it, Bhutto discusses her planned return to Pakistan.

"Some of my friends think I’m mad to be going back," Bhutto said. "Even my relatives, because they don’t want to lose me. They’ve seen what happened to my brothers and my father. They keep telling me, ‘Think again!’ But it’s my country."

The story could not be timelier. Wilentz, who attended Harvard with Bhutto in the 1970s, notes that Bhutto seemed isolated. "I feel, as I’m leaving, that perhaps Bhutto’s life — for all the staff and assistants — is a little lonely. She asks if I can stay for dinner but I have a plane to catch.

"Her father is dead, her mother is ill, her brothers are dead, her husband is a liability and two of her children are in college."

Wilentz also discussed with Bhutto the dangers of returning to Pakistan. Why would she do it, given the risk of death?

Bhutto replied: "In the last election, my party took the largest number of votes, despite all the mudslinging that has taken place. I feel I owe a debt to the people to go back."

Bhutto's motivations for returning weren't just political. She longed for home, too.

"I miss the scent of the rain when it falls on the dusty roads," she told Wilentz. "And the wheat crops in flower. I miss the people; I miss all of our rituals — visiting the graves of our forefathers."