December 29, 2007 / 12:09 AM / 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.

<p>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</p>

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.

Reporting by Daniel Trotta, editing by Doina Chiacu

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