Taleh died on the same day as his father Saleem Bugti, June 26

Published: June 29, 2011

Taleh’s father Nawabzada Saleem Akbar Bugti, 55, was the eldest son of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. He died of a heart attack on June 26, 2003 in Dera Bugti. PHOTO: BA WEBSITE


There’s a sombre mood at the Bugti Bolak house in Defence Phase IV, where the family of Taleh Bugti is in mourning. His mother and three brothers, including the eldest Mir Aali, Zamraan and Kohi are grieving the death of their brother who was killed in a shoot-out at a party early Sunday morning.

Taleh Bugti’s uncle Fahad is sitting under a marquee in the house on Tuesday evening, where he and the brothers are receiving guests who are arriving in droves to offer their condolences. Fahad is the son of Ahmed Nawaz, who was the brother of the slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti. Fahad and Taleh’s father Saleem Bugti were first cousins.

Fahad told The Express Tribune that Taleh died on the same day as his father did eight years ago, on June 26, 2003. “We were making preparations to commemorate his father’s barsi at home for Sunday, when the family learnt of Taleh’s death,” he said, adding that one could only imagine the pain that the young man’s mother was going through.

According to Baloch tradition, the mourning period varies between three, seven, nine and 11 days. They don’t hold soyems or chaleeswans (40 days after a death). In Taleh Bugti’s case, the family has set a mourning period of seven days.

The case

Taleh’s family denies the police version of his death and says it is not based on facts at all. According to the First Information Report filed by the police on behalf of the State, at Gizri police station, the entire blame has been put on the deceased Taleh and all the people who accompanied him to the party, including his brother Zarmaan, cousin Zahid Butt, Umair Yusuf, Rehan Rajput, Ghaffar, Bilawal and six others. Police say that the young Bugti was trying to barge into the party organised by a man named Faisal. The security had been provided by Arif Raajar and his accomplices, Dr Iqbal, Kamran Gul alias Noon, Sameer Baloch, Waseem, Mushtaq, DJ Savvy, Ghayas and armed guards.

Fahad said that the FIR that has been lodged by the state does not bother the family since it was not based on any facts and would be taken care of by their lawyers. When asked whether they would lodge a separate FIR with their own version, he said: “We are Baloch. The Baloch do not lodge their FIRs. They take revenge.” They know who their enemies are.

They have no hope in getting justice from the state. He explained that like other relatives of the Bugti clan, even Taleh’s body could not be taken to their ancestral village in Dera Bugti because of the ongoing military operations. “Can’t you see how they treat us? Don’t you remember how Shahzain was arrested in Quetta by the FC? How would they allow Taleh’s body to go there?”

According to the family, Taleh, his brother Zamraan and his group of friends were invited by Raajar into the party, and all reports that the two had a history of clashes was untrue. They say he was sitting inside with a friend when a commotion broke out at the gate of the house on Khayaban-e-Rahat. Some people gatecrashed and one bald youngster pointed his pistol at Bugti’s friend. Taleh intervened and said, ‘Why are you pointing a gun at my friend? Don’t you know who I am?’ However, instead of lowering his weapon, the culprit shot and killed Bugti and ran away.

Fahad Bugti didn’t say who exactly pulled the trigger. “Who shot on who’s behalf is something one should look into,” he said. He was noncommittal when pressed on whether he thought it was Raajar or one of his guards who shot Taleh and only said “anything is possible”. He said that one could not rule out the element of conspiracy. A close family friend at the Bugti House told The Express Tribune that the party had been arranged by Faisal a.k.a. Patakha (firecracker), who was one main members of the notorious Pir Shahani gang. Shahani has been on the run in a separate case for years and had formed a “burger gangster group called Smokerz” in Defence.

Sources said that the fugitive in this case, Arif Raajar, is a known thug, who draws his support from the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, although the party has denied having any links with him. According to the close family friend, he’s a notorious land grabber and has allegedly taken over many apartments in Badar Commercial area.

Editor’s note: Earlier reports on this case spelt the name ‘Taalay’ Bugti. This is incorrect. The proper spelling, according to the family, is Taleh.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • The Truth
    Jun 29, 2011 - 8:18AM

    Of course its a conspiracy. Everything in Pakistan is a conspiracy. Nothing just happens in Pakistan according Pakistani’s its ALL someone else’s faultRecommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jun 29, 2011 - 10:31AM

    When asked whether they would lodge a separate FIR with their own version, he said: “We are Baloch. The Baloch do not lodge their FIRs. They take revenge.” They know who their enemies are.

    Taleh intervened and said, “Why are you pointing a gun at my friend? Don’t you know who I am?”

    I know it is bad to talk ill about the deceased but you can judge the mindset of the Bugtis from the above two statements. The best revenge would be that they lose their tribal narrow-mindedness and get their boys into schools.Recommend

  • anjum irshad
    Jun 29, 2011 - 12:02PM

    spoiled rich brats harassing and bullying everyone in defence.these people rich off the blood of the peasants in their villages then waste that money in karachi by their ayashi.there are too many of these spoilt drunks racing their cars in defence and clifton putting at risk the lives of the normal good people.

    the tragedy is that in their drunken brawls it was the two poor waiters who paid with their lives.May god give the two waiters a place in heaven.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 29, 2011 - 12:32PM

    A person died here. Have some respect. No one knows what facts are. RIP all who passed away. Recommend

  • KM
    Jun 29, 2011 - 12:46PM

    One should ask Mr. Fahad Bugti, what makes it so important that Taleh is supposed to be running around in the city with a million guards??? As long as open display and carrying of weapons exists, your child is always is an imminent threat and victim, no matter how may guards you may want to escort him with. Clean up, so that atleast the state ensures that such mishaps are minimized.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 29, 2011 - 12:54PM

    Family was preparing for Barsi of Akbar Bugti and Tally Bugti was doing part.. WOWRecommend

  • Lobster
    Jun 29, 2011 - 1:24PM

    Leave the respect till the case clears out. If we continue to respect lawless and gangsters, we will continue to live like the slaves of these sardars.Recommend

  • MM
    Jun 29, 2011 - 1:45PM

    @Ahmed. The facts?! That’s exactly what reporters Faraz Khan and Salman Siddiqui have been trying to do since this killing happened. Ascertain the facts. If you know exactly what they are, then please publish them here. Recommend

  • Maher
    Jun 29, 2011 - 2:46PM

    Agreed with Hassan & LobsterRecommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jun 29, 2011 - 3:47PM

    Well, I do not if you heard but one prepares for how he should be remembered in his lifetime. If one has not been “nice,” about him after his death then surely he might not have been nice in his lifetime.


  • Dianuj Rafaz Nahk
    Jun 29, 2011 - 7:04PM

    Alas the poor waiters,the only people i feel bad for.Recommend

  • goggi
    Jun 29, 2011 - 8:50PM

    Which one of you at the anniversary of your´s father death would go armed to a booze party? Such third class citizens of any country and all people harbouring and protecting the dark deeds of such cultureless bandits, are a curse to the peace of any society.Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Jun 29, 2011 - 9:24PM

    “”His mother and three brothers, including the eldest Mir Aali, Zamraan and Kohi are grieving the death of their brother who was killed in a shoot-out at a party early Sunday morning.”

    That is funny , rather a joke . Zamran , Taleh’s brother has been nominated in the 2nd FIR , how come he is still at large and mourning in Bugti House .?

    RIP the two waiters .RIP Defence dwellers ,for the time being , till another one takes his place .Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 30, 2011 - 4:00AM

    @Ahmed: You probably can see from the comments where the sympathies of the people lies ; people have expressed their condolences to the families of the two waiters.

    You probably can also see an unexpressed feeling of “good riddance” at the demise of Taaley in some comments. I do not subscribe to that since one has to be sorry at the passing away of a young life. However, if the Bugtis want to mourn properly they can do so by dedicating themselves to the service of the poor and the downtrodden, which this city and their province has no lack of. And teach the remaining three sons to be humble and down-to-earth, to help the poor, to feed the hungry, to aid the sick, and protect the weak. They will then become the real Sardars that people will give their lives to protect them.

    In my childhood I used to see my father stop his car and pick up pedestrians to give them a lift. Though times are no more safe and secure as they were in yesteryears, I try to do that whenever I can. Kids learn from examples. Recommend

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