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`They Moved to US to Try their Luck’By Alexa Mills Washington City Newspaper (Dec 14, 2019)

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Javed Bhutto, 64 In the picture, Nafisa Hoodbhoy and Javed Bhutto are radiant. They’re wearing pale pastels and unreserved smiles, sitting among friends in Karachi, Pakistan. It was 1993 and they were recently married. “We were very much in love,” she says. When they met, Nafisa was a journalist covering a murder. The victim of that murder was Javed’s sister. …

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Mental Health Agency Director Finally Answers…. (Nov 21, 2019) Washington City Paper, By Amanda Michelle Gomez“Mr. Bhutto would still be alive if this order had been obeyed,” said Gray, looking to Bazron for a reaction. As she searched for the words to respond, Bazron let out a quiet yes and shrugged.


D.C.’s mental health agency was asked to speak to several concerning incidents during a Council oversight hearing Wednesday night, including why the city’s sole public psychiatric hospital went without clean water for a month, and what systems are in place to prevent that from happening again. But the head of the agency could not provide satisfactory answers, as the department …

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Murder Case in DC Raises Questions about the Insanity Defense and Predictions of Dangerousness.Michael Mullen


A recent murder has raised a number of broader deeper issues regarding the insanity defense and the danger that those found to be insane pose to society. Unfortunately there is a societal myth, that has been disproved by sociological empirical studies, that persons with mental illness pose a greater risk to society than those who don’t have a mental illness. …

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No sane reason Hilman Jordan was let out of a D.C. mental hospital 17 years after shooting a man. Now he’s accused of killing again. By Paul M. Duggan The Washington Post (Sept 4, 2019)


Javed Bhutto, a caregiver to mentally disabled adults, got home from work about 11 that morning with bags of groceries in his Toyota Corolla. After his overnight shift at a residential facility, he had stopped in a supermarket with a list from his wife. In the parking lot of the small condo complex where the couple lived, he stepped out …

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SANA Announces Jawaid Bhutto Scholarship35th Convention Resolves in Favor of Jawaid Bhutto Department of Philosophy


Sindhi Association of North America has concluded its 35th convention in Toronto with the announcement of the Jawaid Bhutto scholarship for students in Pakistan. SANA also resolved in favor of naming Jawaid’s former department at Sindh University the `Jawaid Bhutto Department of Philosophy.’ Moreover, participants extended support to a future Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences to be created in …

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Jawaid’s Work Place in Virginia Pays Rich Tributes for his Services (June 15, 2019)


Glowing tributes were paid on June 15 to Jawaid Bhutto for his work as a mental health counselor at Welford Street Community Residences Inc. in Virginia. The management of CRI and his colleagues described Jawaid as a thorough professional, who arrived on time, inspected the quarters to make sure that mentally challenged residents were “still alive” and then proceeded to …

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JB Assailant Locked up Without ParoleWashington DC, June 3, 2019


In the first preliminary hearing held on Monday Jawaid Bhutto’s attacker was sent back to prison without the possibility of parole. Wearing an orange jump suit with his hands in handcuffs, defendant Hilman Ray Jordan was brought by US marshals in Judge Lee’s court and asked by the judge if he was prepared to face a preliminary hearing. On the …

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In Memory of Jawaid BhuttoPoem by Khalil Gibran


It was but yesterday that you were moving with the moving sea and you were shoreless and without a self Then the wind, the breath of Life wove you, a veil of light on her face Then her hand gathered you and gave you form, and with a head held high you sought the heights But the sea followed after …

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Khalil Gibran Speaks of Marriage

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You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

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BAN THE GUNDawn Newspaper March 29, 2019

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ON March 1, a burst of gunfire snuffed out the life of a gentle soul in Washington D.C. He was a social worker helping the mentally challenged and drug addicts. He was Jawaid Bhutto, a teacher of philosophy and a progressive scholar in Pakistan before he moved to the US. I knew him as my friend and the husband of …

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Scholar Jawaid Bhutto’s murder termed great loss for SindhThe Newspaper's Staff Correspondent DAWN (March 23, 2019)

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HYDERABAD: Speakers at a condolence reference paid rich tribute to philos­opher and scholar Jawaid Bhutto, who was gunned down in Washington on March 2, and called him a great asset of Sindh. They were speaking at the programme organised by Progressive Writers Associa­tion and Awami Workers Party at Sindhi Language Authority on Friday. Late Jawaid’s widow and writer Nafisa Hoodbhoy …

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Glowing Tributes Paid to Jawaid Bhutto in KarachiMarch 17, 2019 (Voice of Sindh, London)

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The gathering in Karachi Arts Council was as untraditional as Jawaid Bhutto’s life had been. The portrait of him looking down on the gathering was the face of a thinker, a philosopher who reflected in the most intense way on the meaning of life. But Jawaid was no hardnosed intellectual. Instead, he was a `peoples person,’ loving the human spirit …

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Gathering in memory of Jawaid Bhutto

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Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi has arranged a sitting in memory of Jawaid Bhutto, a man of values, a progressive intellectual who lost his life in Washington DC on March 1, 2019 at the hands of a deranged killer. Friends will pay tribute to the man whose life was filled with love for his fellow beings, regardless of race, ethnicity, …

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SU VC pays glowing tribute to Javed Bhutto BUSINESS RECORDER REPORT Mar 12th, 2019 HYDERABAD

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Javed Bhutto was Socrates of Sindh. It was Sindh’s ambassador of love and peace to the world. People like Javed Bhutto stay immortal in the hearts of people on account of their intellectual contribution to society. Javed Bhutto’s death has created a void which will be hard to fill. This was stated by VC-SU Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat while …

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Philosopher Jawaid Bhutto laid to rest in ancestral burial groundThe Express Tribune Pakistan (March 12, 2019)


HYDERABAD: Amid elegies sung by pall-bearers, the 64-year old intellectual and philosopher Jawaid Bhutto, who was shot dead in Washington DC on March 2, was laid to rest in a graveyard in Shikarpur district on Sunday. His funeral prayers were offered earlier at Faisal Mosque in Bath Island, Karachi, on Saturday night. Writers, poets, intellectuals and civil society activists, including …

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The life and death of Jawaid BhuttoDr Naazir Mahmood The News International (March 8, 2019)


It was Sunday morning on March 3, 2019. The last day of the KLF was about to start when Dr Ayoub Shaikh posted on Facebook a most devastating piece of news for the friends and students of Jawaid Bhutto. He had been killed in broad daylight in the capital of the most advanced and powerful country of the world. Washington …

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Remembering Siddiq BalochBy Nafisa Hoodbhoy Daily Balochistan Express (Feb 13, 2019)


Siddiq Baloch had a personality that made a distinct impression on people who met him. He was a moving force, fiercely proud in the Baloch tradition. His inquiring mind led him to explore independently, never willing to take other people’s account of reality. It also made him a fine journalist in Pakistan’s English language newspaper, Dawn where he sought answers …

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A Princess Vanishes. A Video Offers Alarming CluesBy Vivian Yee The New Times (Feb. 10, 2019)


BEIRUT — The princess known as Sheikha Latifa had not left Dubai, the glittering emirate ruled by her father, in 18 years. Her requests to travel and study elsewhere had been denied. Her passport had been taken away. Her friends’ apartments were forbidden to her, her palace off-limits to them. At 32, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum went nowhere without …

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Pakistani journalist arrested for critical Twitter postsCommittee to Protect Journalists


Washington, D.C., February 9, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to immediately release and drop all legal proceedings against Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi, a TV host for Din News, a privately-owned Urdu-language news station. Razi was arrested and taken into custody this morning in Lahore, according to news reports and CPJ reporting. “Expressing opinions, even critical opinions, should …

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Fahmida Riaz passes away in LahoreThe News International (Nov 21, 2018)


LAHORE: Well-known progressive Urdu writer, poet, human rights activist and feminist Fahmida Riaz has passed away on Wednesday night. She was 73 years of age. She passed away after a prolonged illness in Lahore where she was with her daughter Fahmida Riaz was born on July 28, 1945 in a literary family of Meerat, UP, India. Her family settled in …

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