December 28, 2007 / 4:48 PM / 10 years ago

HarperCollins rushing Bhutto-written book

NEW YORK (Reuters) - HarperCollins is rushing into print a manuscript it recently received from slain former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the New York Post reported on Friday.

Pakistan's former Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto attends an election rally in Rawalpindi December 27, 2007, shortly before she was killed in a gun and bomb attack. HarperCollins is rushing into print a manuscript it recently received from Bhutto, the New York Post reported on Friday. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed

The publisher, a unit of News Corp, hopes to have Bhutto’s “Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West” in bookstores by February, Post business columnist Keith J. Kelly reported. The Post is also owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Bhutto, the two-time prime minister and leading opposition figure, was assassinated during a campaign rally in Pakistan on Thursday.

HarperCollins had given Bhutto an estimated $75,000 advance just before she returned to Pakistan in October after years of living in exile, the Post said.

Mark Siegel worked with Bhutto as a collaborating writer, the Post reported.

HarperCollins representatives were not available for comment.

Pakistan's former Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto attends an election rally in Rawalpindi December 27, 2007, shortly before she was killed in a gun and bomb attack. HarperCollins is rushing into print a manuscript it recently received from Bhutto, the New York Post reported on Friday. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed

Reporting by Daniel Trotta, editing by Doina Chiacu

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