Fatima Bhutto, Graham Byra Welcome Birth Of First Child

The writer takes to social media to explain the reasons for the choosing the name for their first-born child

Fatima Bhutto, Graham Byra Welcome Birth Of First Child

Writer Fatima Bhutto and her husband, Graham Byra, announced the birth of their first child, Mir Murtaza Byra, on Saturday.

In a post on her social media accounts, Bhutto explained why she named her son after her father, Murtaza Bhutto.

"We wanted to give our son a name that would bestow him with courage and kindness as he makes his way through the world," she said.

"I wanted a name that would act as an inspiration to him in his life but also one that would cloak him in love and strength, a name that he could wear with the knowledge that it was given to him from deep within his mother's heart and soul to protect him throughout his life, to give him in equal measure both grace and fearlessness, a sense of his homeland and of joy."

The 41-year-old Bhutto continued that whenever she thought of what name may encapsulate those feelings, she would always return to her father's name.

Bhutto, the granddaughter of slain former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, married Byra almost a year ago, in April 2023.

Despite her family's strong political legacy, Bhutto and her younger brother, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Jr., have avoided mainstream politics, choosing the pen and grassroots activism instead. 

Bhutto became a writer, penning columns for publications such as [The Guardian], [The Financial Times] and [The New York Times] among others, apart from writing several books, including a memoir titled "Songs of Blood and Sword," which recalled her family's turbulent political history, and a novel "The Shadow of the Crescent Moon," which explores the lives of people in a small Pakistani town near the Afghan border.