Enforced disappearance: JSMM’s Muzaffar Bhutto found dead after going missing for more than a year

Published: May 22, 2012

Altaf Hussain has condemned the killing, asked for an immediate arrest of the culprits. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz’s (JSMM) Muzaffar Bhutto, who went missing on February 24, 2011, was found dead near Hyderabad on Tuesday. 

The 42-year-old’s bullet-riddled body, also bearing torture marks, was found at the roadside near Hatri and was taken to Civil Hospital, Hyderabad.

In reaction to his murder, aerial firing was reported in parts of Sindh and vehicles were set on fire. The party announced ten days of mourning and a strike to be held across the province today.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the killing and asked for an immediate arrest of the culprits.

Muzaffar’s disappearance in 2011 was the second one as he first went missing in October 2005 from Tariq Road, Karachi. In November 2006, the police alleged that they caught him in an encounter near Jamshoro and also found a large number of arms and ammunition in his possession.

One person, different versions

His wife Saima Bhutto told The Express Tribune that Muzaffar was severely tortured and underwent spinal surgery soon after he was released from police custody. “He was neither a terrorist nor a criminal,” she said, claiming that all the cases against him were fabricated as he was acquitted on all charges. “He was a qualified engineer and a political activist working for the rights of people living in Sindh.”

In 2011, his car was reportedly intercepted by men in plainclothes near New Saeedabad en route to Hyderabad. Muzaffar’s family said that intelligence agencies were behind the alleged kidnapping.

The police was initially reluctant to register an FIR but later, under the directives of the court, a case was registered against the police and intelligence agencies. It caught the media’s attention and went on to become a high-profile missing person case.

“A few days ago, two missing persons belonging to my husband’s party were found. This gave us hope but these cruel men killed him,” said an emotional Saima. “I will exact revenge for my husband by going to the courts to register a case against the police and law enforcement agencies.”

Muzaffar was a graduate of the Mehran University of Engineer Technology and worked at the Power House, Jamshoro but was removed from service following his first disappearance in 2005.

He began his political career by joining JSMM which was led by Shafi Burfat. The organisation, which calls for the independence of Sindh, is accused of being involved in numerous attacks on railway tracks in Sindh.

Muzaffar’s brother, Mumtaz Bhutto, was killed almost one and a half years ago in an explosion at the Power House Colony. The family blamed the law enforcement agencies for conducting a raid and using hand grenades to kill Mumtaz. The police maintained that he was killed while making a bomb in his house.

Muneer Cholyani, the JSMM general secretary, said that more than ten party activists were still missing.

Muzaffar’s body will be taken to his ancestral hometown, Sehwan, for the final rites and he will be laid to rest in Sann, Jamshoro near the grave of GM Syed.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Rebel
    May 22, 2012 - 10:44PM

    He was a brave son of sindh.we slute him and his severs.may give him restRecommend

  • CK
    May 22, 2012 - 10:50PM

    I smell MQM

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  • May 22, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Its very sad news for sindhi nation, but we have must to keep fight against this system .

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  • ASHFAQUE JAMALI
    May 23, 2012 - 12:02AM

    Mr muzafar bhutto is the great soldure of sindh dharti he is always remeber in our haertRecommend

  • ali Brohi
    May 23, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Once should salute the struggle of our comrades, but they should follow the non-violent politics.

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  • DB
    May 23, 2012 - 12:48AM

    The danger of making bombs and getting training from Indian RAW.

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  • Rizwan
    May 23, 2012 - 1:56AM

    wao! the terrorists involved attaching railways tracks are called “heroes” (majority of missing persons are criminals. They are wanted by police and law enforcement agencies)

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  • Gul Metlo
    May 23, 2012 - 2:50AM

    He suffered the worst tortures for many years. He remained aloof, he remained committed, he remained determined. One has to die one day. He died his way of liking and choice. He won ultimately. Muzaffar you will be remembered by all the Sindhis. History has a special place for you.You have showed a way how to love motherland. You paid the ultimate price. Rest in peace.

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  • May 24, 2012 - 1:03AM

    They are not terrerst. They are giving their besic right.but agences afair from them.they are freedom fighters of sindh and balochistan.we slute them and their stargul.we all sindhi will aslo take the same way.one day insha Allah we will be freeRecommend

  • May 24, 2012 - 1:10AM

    @Rizwan:
    how are saying,that they are inviled in terrer activitties.do you have any proof,? they are only peaceful political werkers,

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  • May 24, 2012 - 1:23AM

    Muzafar we love you,you are real leader of sindh,.we will have always remenbered you. You aren,t alon, all sindhi nation is toghter youRecommend

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