WEB DESK: September 20th marks Mir Murtaza Bhutto’s 23rd death anniversary. Workers and party loyalists across the country and abroad pay homage to the former chairman of Pakistan People’s Party-Shaheed Bhutto (PPP-SB) Mir Murtaza Bhutto.

In 1996, he was murdered on this day. His birthday and death anniversary are separated by a single day.

Born in Karachi on September 18, 1954, Murtaza Bhutto acquired his early education from the same city, before moving on to Harvard and Oxford for higher education. Having the genes of his father and former Pakistan PM Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, he forayed into politics at a very young age.

He was forced to go into exile after toppling of his fathers government by General Zia-ul-Haq.

He returned to Pakistan in 1993 and was arrested for terrorism on the orders of the government.

Released on bail, Murtaza successfully contested elections to the Sindh Provincial Assembly. He was shot dead along with six associates in an alleged police encounter near his home in Karachi on 20 September 1996.

Mir Murtaza Bhutto is a prominent name among the long list of Bhuttos who have lost their lives for their country while fighting dictatorship.

September 18th and 20th are important dates in the life of Mir Murtaza Bhutto because September 18th marks the day he came into this world and September 20th marks the day when his life was snatched away from him.

For all those who love him, it is an irony of fate that they will have to celebrate his birthday on September 18th and lament his death the very next day.

Murtaza Bhutto was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in Garhi Khuda Baksh, Larkana.