Muzafar Bhutto

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Muzafar Bhutto
مظفر ڀٽو
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Secretary General of Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz
Born23 August 1970
DisappearedFebruary 24, 2011 (aged 40)
New Saeedabad, Sindh, Pakistan
StatusFound Dead
Died22 May 2012(2012-05-22) (aged 41)
Cause of deathTorture, Shot Dead
Body discoveredHatri, District Hyderabad, Sindh
Resting placeSann, Sindh[1]
Other namesMajnu Sindhi
Alma materUniversity of Sindh
OccupationPolitician, Social Activist Philanthropist
Known forJSMM leader
MovementSindhudesh
Spouse(s)
Saima Bhutto (m. 1999)
ChildrenHina Bhutto,
Aakash Bhutto,
Darya Khan Bhutto[2]
Notes
Muzafar Bhutto was abducted twice, first time in 2005 and second time in 2011.

Muzafar Bhutto (August 23, 1970[2] – May 22, 2012; Sindhi: مظفر ڀٽو) was a Sindhi nationalist politician, who served as the Secretary General of the Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM). He was an influential leader of the Sindhudesh movement and he was key-person behind the foundation of the JSMM. His bullet-riddled body was found at a roadside near Hatri bypass, bearing torture marks, in Hyderabad after he went missing on February 24, 2011.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Muzafar Bhutto was born in Sehwan, Jamshoro, Sindh. He attended Primary and Secondary School in Sehwan. Muzafar earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from University of Sindh. He also qualified DAE in Electrical Engineering.[2] Muzafar Bhutto married Saima Bhutto in 1999 and had three children Hina Bhutto, Akash Bhutto and Darya Khan Bhutto.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1987 he was inspired by Sindhi nationalist leader G.M Syed into joining the student wing of the Sindhudesh movement. In 1990 he served as district Secretary of Jeay Sindh Students' Federation Dadu. In 1992, he joined Jeay Sindh Mahaz as Taluqa Organizer; in 1993 he joined Jeay Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party as political activist; in 1994 he joined Jeay Sindh Inqalabi Tanzeem as a finance secretary; in 1996 joined Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz, Porrhiat Sangat (Labor Front) as district president of Dadu.[2]

Membership with Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz[edit]

Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz was formed in November 26, 2000 at Sann. This was announced in the "Jeay Sindh Workers Conference" convened by the nationalist leader Shafi Muhammad Burfat, Samiallah Kalhoro and Muzafar Bhutto. The conference constituted a three-member committee, to draft the party constitution. In the workers conference also constituted a seven members central body under the chairmanship of Shafi Muhammad Burfat.

Disappearance[edit]

Muzafar Bhutto was abducted twice by the intelligence agencies of Pakistan. In first detainment he was abducted in 2005 and enforcedly disappeared and tortured for 15 months.[2] Bhutto was taken second time from the New Saeedabad toll plaza by unknown armed personnel. He asked for help from the near by people, crying out "Save me, these people will kill me" during the abduction. The party activists of JSMM protested against the missing persons of their party including Muzafar Bhutto.[4]

USA Reaction[edit]

On May 31, 2011 US Congressmen Dan Burton showed his grave concern over abduction of Bhutto, and wrote a letter to President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari for his safe recovery.[5] On October 22, 2013 US Congressmen Brad Sherman wrote a letter to the prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and asked for safe release of Bhutto.[6] Noam Chomsky sent a letter to Saima Bhutto and offered his full support in ongoing struggle for the safe release of Muzafar Bhutto.[7]

Death[edit]

Saima Bhutto addressing participants during G. M. Syed's 108 birthday

Bhutto was missing for some time, after which his dead body found near a Hyderabad by-pass.[8][9][10][11][12] He was allegedly killed by the Inter Services Intelligence.[13] The angered workers of the Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz staged protests all over Sindh.[14]

Denunciation of Bhutto's death[edit]

MQM condemned the brutal murder of Muzafar Bhutto.[15][16] Amnesty International as well as The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan condemned the murder.[17][18] The World Sindhi Congress called for an international inquiry regarding the murder of indigenous Sindhi people.[19]

Saima Bhutto[edit]

Saima Bhutto is a Sindhi rights activist and wife of slain Muzafar Bhutto who served as the Secretary General of the JSMM.[20] Saima Bhutto is known for her struggle for the recovery of Sindhi missing persons. She started her campaign as an activist after her husband Muzafar Bhutto was abducted in 2005 and later in 2011.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JSMM's Muzaffar Bhutto found dead after going missing for over a year". The Express Tribune. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Martyrs of Sindhudesh / Muzafar Bhutto, General Secretary of JSMM". JSMM official website. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "JSMM's Muzaffar Bhutto found dead after going missing for over a year". Express Tribune. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  4. ^ "Protest against JSMM leaders' arrest". DAWN. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Congressman Burton concerned about enforced disappearances in Sindh". Indus Tribune. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  6. ^ "Congressman Brad Sherman condemned atrocities on Sindhis, handed over a letter to PM Nawaz". Indus Tribune. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  7. ^ "Noam Chomsky concerned about enforced disappearances in Sindh". Indus Tribune. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  8. ^ "PAKISTAN: Government must hold judicial inquiry in the case of burning alive of two nationalist leaders". Asian Human Rights Commission. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-27. Retrieved 2016-03-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Sindhi nationalist leader Muzaffar Bhutto's body found in Hyderabad". Dawn. May 22, 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Dead body of missing nationalist leader found". Ary News. khybernews TV. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Sindhi nationalist leader Muzaffar Bhutto's body found in Hyderabad". OnePakistan.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  13. ^ Wilson Chowdhry. "The targeting of minority 'Others' in Pakistan "Muzaffar Bhutto"". BPCA. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Body of missing JSMM leader found, violence erupts in Sindh". The News Tribe. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  15. ^ "ALTAF HUSSAIN CONDEMNS BRUTAL MURDER OF JSMM GENERAL SECRETARY MUZAFFAR BHUTTO". Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM). Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Altaf flays assassination of Muzaffar Bhutto". The Nation. NAWAIWAQT GROUP OF NEWSPAPERS. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Pakistan. Un militant politique retrouvé mort. Muzaffar Bhutto". Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  18. ^ "HRCP expresses deep concern on abduction of Muzaffar Bhutto; Gen. Secretary JSMM". infochangepakistan.net. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  19. ^ "WSC Demands an International Inquiry of the Murder of Indigenous Sindhi People, London, UK". World Sindhi Congress. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  20. ^ "JSMM's Muzaffar Bhutto found dead after going missing for over a year - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Muzafar Bhutto, General Secretary of JSMM - JSMM". JSMM. Retrieved 9 February 2017.