LONDON - Fatima Bhutto, daughter of late Mir Murtaza Bhutto, has said that corruption and assassinations have stalked her family and dominate her countrys politics as well. Her crime was to write about it and that is why she became a public enemy in Pakistan, she added. She said that her father, an elected member of Parliament and a strong critic of the govt of his elder sister, Benazir Bhutto - infamous for corruption, human rights abuses, support for the then nascent Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan and inept leadership - was shot several times. But he was killed with a point blank execution shot to his jaw, she said. Fatima, who addressed the Britains famous Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye, Powys in Wales, said her aunt Benazirs government, in power at the time Murtaza Bhutto was murdered, stopped our family from filing a police report, a right we had to have returned to us by the Sindh High Court. Fatima charged that the then Benazir government arrested all the survivors and witnesses - keeping them in jail for the remainder of her term without access to lawyers, their families, or to us. She said that the police officers who had carried out the killings were internally cleared in a police review and put back on their seats. 'All promoted, to this day and remain powerful members of the Pakistani government and of police forces across the country, she added. She said: 'In 2007 my aunt Benazir Bhutto was killed in Rawalpindi. In the aftermath, the streets were immediately cleaned up by the authorities, as they did after my fathers murder. She further said that 'no police report was filed by the government led by her widower, Asif Ali Zardari, and no criminal cases were launched against Benazirs assassins. I hadnt seen or spoken to my aunt for 10 years before her death and the questions I asked of her governments role in my fathers murder went unanswered. The Zardari family keeps my grandmother incommunicado in Dubai. We have not been able to see or speak to her for the past 13 years, she said. Fatima Bhutto said persecution is a part of the Pakistani political ethos. What is worrying, however, is the direction of the feckless and autocratic regime of President Zardari, she said. 'Zardari is a man who once boasted to the British Press that his govt was hard at work fighting terrorism from al Qaeda to Aung San Su Ki, though no one seemed to have told the President that Miss Suu Kyi is a Burmese democratic campaigner and not an East Asian terror outfit, she added. Fatima Bhutto said:President Zardari pardoned his Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, who had been convicted of corruption in 2004. In the Frontier province, a seventh-grade student, Natasha, the daughter of a poor local stone crusher, was held by police officers and raped for 21 days. After bravely filing police reports, Natashas family has yet to see a single one of her accused rapists discharged from the police force or brought to justice. She criticised, the US and British governments for no comments on both the cases. She said that there is no difference between the 'democratic regime of Asif Ali Zardari - who, like the dictator Pervaz Musharraf, disdained national elections and was chosen by his own Parliament - and the burgeoning Pakistani Taliban? 'Both oppose freedom of expression, both use Islam to rally people around their oppressive causes, both would ignore the rights of women - under this government, a woman may still be stoned to death for adultery. Who needs the Taliban, she said. This is the state that Britain and the US support, financially and politically, as the only option to keep Pakistans Islamists at bay. Perhaps its time for a new argument to justify this indefensible support of Pakistans regime? Or not, she added.