Fatima Bhutto, author, activist and the granddaughter of Pakistan’s late Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, set a new precedent by visiting a Hindu temple here after her marriage, stirring social media with some users praising the gesture while others wondering what was she doing there.
The intimate nikkah ceremony of Fatima, 40, niece of slain Premier Benazir Bhutto and daughter of Murtaza Bhutto, took place at her grandfather’s library here on Friday.
Fatima and her husband, Graham Gibran, visited the ancient Mahadev Temple in Karachi on Sunday as a homage to Hindu Sindhis laying the roots of Karachi in ancient times.
According to media reports, Fatima’s husband Graham is an American citizen.
Accompanied by her brother Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto junior and Hindu leaders at the temple, Fatima and her husband, a Christian, poured milk over the deity as per rituals.
The gesture received a mixed response after their picture hit social media.
“Lovely to watch such images,” a user with the Twitter account handle Sindhi-Ajrak commented on the picture.
“Lovely,” another user wrote.
But many wondered what she was doing in a Hindu temple.
“What is the essence of this rasam (ritual),” a Twitter user named Kulsoom Mughal asked.
“So in Sindh secularism is to follow Hinduism,” another user said. Her brother in a tweet said that due to the difficult circumstances felt by our fellow countrymen and women, we all felt it would be inappropriate to celebrate lavishly.
“Please keep Fatima and Graham (Gibran) in your prayers,” he stated.
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged by Zia ul Haq in April 1979 after a military coup. Benazir Bhutto, who also served as Premier, was assassinated in Rawalpindi in 2007.