Murtaza Bhutto’s Death Anniversary: An Unrevealed Story Behind His Murder

Murtaza Bhutto's Death Anniversary: An Unrevealed Story Behind His Murder|

Murtaza Bhutto's Death Anniversary: An Unrevealed Story Behind His Murder|PakistanTribe.com20 Sep, 2015, Nineteen years after Benazir’s brother was gunned down, politics and emotions continue to cloud the assassination. Here are some hidden facts regarding his death.

Mir Ghulam Murtaza Bhutto (18 September 1954 – 20 September 1996), was a Pakistani politician and leader of al-Zulfiqar, known as a terrorist organisation.


Al-Zulfiqar was a leftist insurgency and militant organisation of Pakistan. It was formed in the late seventies by the sons of former Pakistani Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was also the Chairman of Pakistan’s biggest political party, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Al-Zulfiqar was formed to avenge the execution of Ali Bhutto by the right-wing military regime of General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq in 1976.

Bhutto’s two sons, Murtaza and Shahnawaz went into exile in Afghanistan which was at that time controlled by communist revolutionary government of Babrak Karmal.

There the two sons formed Al-Zulfiqar along with hundreds of Pakistan Peoples Party militants who had escaped Zia’s persecution. The AZO, however, went on to earn the title of terrorist organisation, a label which dogged Murtaza till he died.

Allegations On Mir Murtaza Bhutto

In 1981, he claimed responsibility for the murder of conservative politician Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi, and the hijacking of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft from Karachi, during which a hostage was killed.

He returned to Pakistan in 1993 and was arrested for terrorism on the orders of his sister, then-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Released on bail, Murtaza successfully contested elections to the Sindh Provincial Assembly, becoming a vocal critic of Benazir and her husband Asif Ali Zardari.

After increasing tensions between the two, he was shot dead along with six associates in a police encounter near his home in Karachi on 20 September 1996.

Murtaza Bhutto’s last words Before His Murder

These Men (Shoaib Suddle – District Inspector General, Wajid Durrani – Senior Superintendant of Karachi police) under the supervision of Abdullah Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh, want to kill me. My life is in danger today. I’m giving this press conference to tell the government that my bags are ready. Bring a warrant for whatever it is you are accusing me and my party workers of and I’ll come myself and sit in your car“.

Real Video Of Mir Murtaza Bhutto Murder

Hidden Story Of Murder By His Daughter Fatima Bhutto

She said, “My family and I were not the only ones waiting for my father. There were 70 to 100 police officers placed yards away from our 70 Clifton residence, including several high-level police officials.

“Some of the officers were in sniper positions in the nearby trees. The streetlights had been shut, the roads cordoned off, and the guards of the nearby embassies were told to leave their posts and retreat within their premises.”

When my father exited the car, the police opened fire. All of the seven men were fatally wounded. My father was shot several times, but the shot that killed him was fired execution style on his neck.

Fatima Openly Blamed Benazir Bhutto and Asif Zardari 

Benazir Zardari was the prime minister at the time. Her government did not arrest any of the police officers. Her government chose to arrest all the survivors and witnesses, two of whom died mysteriously in police custody. The police remained free.

Shoaib Suddle was the deputy inspector-general (DIG) of Karachi at the time of the killing; he was one of the most senior officers at the scene of the crime. In the run-up to the American invasion of Afghanistan, he was promoted to inspector-general (IG) and shifted to Balochistan where he could facilitate Operation Enduring Freedom.

She said, These facts are all a matter of public record.

Curiosity impels people to ask about the not-so hidden hand, the highest level of government, so I will answer;

 That Murder Night Scene Described By Her  

Two hundred yards down the road, inside the compound of 70 Clifton, the house where Benazir Bhutto had spent her childhood, was Murtaza’s wife Ghinwa, his daughter, the 12-year-old Fatima, and the couple’s young son, Zulfikar, then aged six.

When the first shot rang out, Fatima was in Zulfikar’s bedroom, helping put him to bed.

She immediately ran with him into his windowless dressing room, and threw him onto the floor, protecting him by covering his body with her own.

When the firing had stopped, Ghinwa had tried to leave the house, but the police told her to stay inside as there had been a robbery nearby.

After another 45 minutes, an increasingly worried Fatima called the prime minister’s house and asked to speak to her aunt. Benazir’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari, took her call. Fatima recalls the following conversation:
Fatima: “I wish to speak to my aunt, please.”
Zardari: “It’s not possible.”
Fatima: “Why?” [At this point, Fatima says, she heard loud, stagy-sounding wailing.
Zardari: “She’s hysterical, can’t you hear?”
Fatima: “Why?”
Zardari: “Don’t you know? Your father’s been shot.”
Fatima and Ghinwa immediately left the house and demanded to be taken to see Murtaza. By now there were no bodies in the street.


Benazir’s government was dismissed a month later by President Farooq Leghari primarily citing Murtaza’s death and corruption.

Zardari was arrested and indicted for Murtaza’s murder but acquitted in 2008.

Still Murtaza Bhutto’s Murder Remains a mystery.


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