Pakistani intellectual and philosopher Jawaid Bhutto was shot dead on Friday night in Washington DC at the age of 64. The police said that Hilman Jordan, 45 years old alleged culprit, was arrested and charged with murder.
According to the reports from Washington Post, Bhutto was fatally shot outside a convenience store. Post also added that the attack was driven by a neighborhood dispute.
Speaking to a local news source, the family of the deceased intellectual said that the attacker lived on the ground floor of Bhutto’s apartment building.
”He [the attacker] was a heavy drinker and was often very rowdy and noisy. A few criminal cases are registered against him and he is a convicted criminal. Bhutto had recently registered a complaint against him with the building landlord and lodged a complaint with the authorities concerned too” – the sources reported.
The source also claimed that the deceased call his wife to pick him from his office and later, went into the grocery store when the incident happened. Hailing from Shikarpur, Bhutto was the husband of senior journalist Nafisa Hoodbhoy. She currently works for VOA (Voice of America) in Washington.
Famous and eminent Pakistani physicist Pervaiz Hoodbhoy was Bhutto’s brother in law. The family informed that he was walking to a neighbourhood convenience store when he was attacked to which he lost his life. He was shot in a close range in the 2600 block of Wade Road southeast.
The area is known for its high crime rate, Mushtaq Rajpar, one of Bhutto’s close friends and a freelance columnist said that,
”The area is so dangerous, but Jawaid who was against racism would always say it is ‘stereotype propaganda’ against African Americans and opted to live there” – he said.
Bhutto was a progressive thinker and his struggle reflects the same. During his student years, he remained very active in left-wing politics. After completing his masters went to Sofia University Bulgaria to pursue PhD in philosophy. He also joined Sindh university as a lecturer in 1990s.
A Sindhi writer and one of his students, Manoj Kumar, says that Bhutto’s teachings were not only confined to the class room but were very holistic in nature.
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