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Murtaza Bhutto; Events after his murder

Murtaza Bhutto; Events after his murder



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Published by Sani Panhwar
The book covers the events after the death of Mir Murtaza Bhutto
The book covers the events after the death of Mir Murtaza Bhutto

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Published by: Sani Panhwar on Dec 08, 2008
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Murtaza Bhutto; Copyright ©www.bhutto.org 2
This book is based on the events, news reports, and enquiries right after theunfortunate murder of Mir Murtaza Bhutto. I have collected this informationfrom different sources including leading English, Urdu and Sindhinewspapers, different magazines and some web sites.The part that I have tried to cover is mostly the few months’ right after themurder. You will see some very conflicting statements issued by the policeofficers and the contradiction between their statements given to differentmedia personal at different occasions and the change in their statementsbefore the tribunals.There is no doubt in any one’s mind that Bhutto family, who has served thenatoion most, was eliminated by conspricy. Shaheed Mir Murtaza was thethird victim of this conspricy.His eldest sister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the only ray of hope of thedemoralized Pakistani nation was also murdered in December 2007.I will leave upto the reader to make the judgement on who was behind themurder of Bhuttos and who would benefit from eliminating Bhuttos.Even though I have tried to put the events in chronological order but youmay find some events out of order and you may also find some grammaticalerrors because while translating either from Urdu or Sindhi I tried to keep thetheme of the news in place.Please feel free to send me your comments to add in the next edition of thisbook.Sani H. Panhwar4128 W. 163
StreetLawndale, CA 90260Panhwar@yahoo.com
Murtaza Bhutto; Copyright ©www.bhutto.org 3
Like his elder sister, Benazir, Murtaza Bhutto was a novice to activepolitics until 1978 when his father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was sentenced todeath by the Lahore High Court. In the span of 15 years, however, Murtazahas managed to gain considerable notoriety for a brand of politics that hasmoved in diametrically opposing direction to Benazir's.Born in Karachi on September 18, 1954, Mir Murtaza received his earlyeducation at St. Mary's School, Rawalpindi. He later passed his ‘O’ levelsfrom the Karachi Grammar School in 1971.In 1972, Murtaza went off to Harvard University where he studiedGovernment, specialising in strategic studies. He graduated with honours in1976, and his thesis was entitled ``Modicum of Harmony'' which dealt withthe spread of nuclear weapons in general, and the implications of India'snuclear capability for Pakistan in particular.Murtaza went on to Christ Church College Oxford, his father's alma mater,for a three-year course to read for an M.Lit. degree. But the death penaltyawarded to his father in 1978 seriously disrupted his studies. Murtaza was onthe verge of rushing home when he received a message from his father askinghim to remain abroad where he could mobilise an international campaign forhis release.Murtaza had been present in Pakistan when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto'sgovernment was overthrown on July 5, 1977. Along with other familymembers, Murtaza had returned to Al-Murtaza, Larkana, and at the time wasbusy helping in the preparations for the elections schedule for October 1977.But on September 16, 1977 when Bhutto was arrested from Al-Murtaza, heordered his son to leave the country.After Bhutto was sentenced, Murtaza joined hands with his brother the lateShahnawaz Bhutto, to initiate a campaign to muster international support torevoke the death penalty looming over his father's head. Leaders from Syria,Libya, and the PLO were particularly supportive. Mercy appeals were sent byseveral heads of state to General Ziaul Haq which failed, however, to swayhis decision.

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