Fallen attorney: A lawyer who stuck to his guns

Published: May 4, 2013

Special prosecutor for the FIA Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali. PHOTO: AFP /FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

FIA Special Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali was a gentle, high-profile lawyer.

He was associated with four different criminal cases which had national and international significance. Among those was his steadfast pursuit of the assassination case of former premier Benazir Bhutto and the November 26, 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai.

Zulfiqar was also involved in the Hajj corruption case and the conspiracy to murder former Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif.

He was also reported to have denied the post of deputy attorney general in a high court to pursue the criminal cases.

“Zulfiqar had received threats through phone calls, text messages and through a letter mostly from unknown persons. He was threatened with dire consequences especially for his hot pursuit in Benazir’s murder case,” said a close friend who requested not to be named.

“Chaudhry had informed me he received a call from someone in Afghanistan warning him against pursuing the case as the FIA had accused Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan of killing the ex-premier.”

In recent proceedings in the Benazir murder case, the FIA prosecutor had requested Anti-Terrorism Court Rawalpindi to record US journalist Mark Siegel’s statement through video-link after he had refused to come to Pakistan. Siegel was a key prosecution witness. He alleged that Musharraf knew of the assassination plot and had personally ordered the destruction of evidence.

The murdered lawyer also vigorously pursued the Mumbai attacks case as the FIA had arrested seven members of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, including the outfit’s alleged operational commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

On his request, the Pakistani government wrote a letter to Indian authorities to allow a Pakistani judicial commission to fly to India to record the statements of the Indian magistrate who recorded the confessional statement of sole-surviving gunman Ajmal Kasab, the police officer who interrogated Kasab and the doctors who conducted autopsies of those killed in the attacks. The request was denied.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2013.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Punjabi
    May 4, 2013 - 9:29AM

    May his soul, rest in peace!
    First the FIA investigator who investigated raja rental suddenly committed “Suicide” when he was about to reach a conclusion & now Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali. Apparently who so ever attempts to do his job well here, gets the full package.

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  • Murad Malik
    May 4, 2013 - 9:39AM

    though it sure is a tragedy and NO ONE should be allowed to take a life, and i pray for his soul, but i do have my reservations regarding Mr Chaudry being a out standing lawyer, especially the way he was giving interviews, about the on-going case against General Musharraf, it seemed as if there was no need for the case to go on, that it was a close and shut matter..that was indeed very disappointing to witness from a lawyer who everyone is regarding as an ace legal practitioner.Recommend

  • mahmood
    May 4, 2013 - 10:03AM

    May he rest in peace, and may his family find the fortitude to bear the loss. His sacrifice will inshaAllah be remembered as a milestone in Pakistan’s march toward Rule of Law, and away from Rule of the Gun.

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  • lkhan
    May 4, 2013 - 10:18AM

    It is very sad for Pakistan that honest people of integrity are shot dead with total impunity, while those set in their corrupt ways and mansions, continue their evil ways without a concern for human life, the suffering of the poor, thieve left right and centre while the economy stagnates. Until these disreputable ways are avidly pursued by the law, nothing will change. My heart and mind are with Special Prosecutor FIA, Chaudhry Iftikhar Ali’s family who must be proud of the gentle good Father/Husband/Son of integrity and dedication – an example for ALL in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jiyala
    May 4, 2013 - 11:51PM

    strong text Is it kind of a signal from powerful authorities that no serious investigation in SMBB murder case should be done, otherwise they will face the same fate as of Shaheed Ch. Zulfikar?

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