Benazir murder case: FIA prosecutor shot dead in Islamabad

Published: May 3, 2013
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Special prosecutor for the FIA Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali. PHOTO: AFP

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

ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency Special Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali was murdered in an attack on Friday, Express News reported.

Ali was investigating the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

Gunmen on a motorcycle pumped 12 bullets into Ali as he left his home in Islamabad, sources told Reuters.

According to the initial post mortem report, 14 injury marks were present on his body. He was shot in his head, arm and chest.

A Dawn.com report stated that the firing incident also killed a woman and injured Ali’s guard Rehman Ali. The guard was reported as saying that the attacker’s only intended target was Ali who had been receiving threats since a while.

Ali was scheduled to appear in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Rawalpindi today, pertaining to the Benazir murder case.

Ali was also the prosecutor investigating the 2008 Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people were killed.

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  • jssidhoo
    May 3, 2013 - 9:47AM

    The strategic depth are no longer satisfied being in depth they want to be center stage and in lead roles.

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  • Weird
    May 3, 2013 - 9:47AM

    Pakistan Army is mighty indeed!

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  • Saad
    May 3, 2013 - 9:49AM

    Sad, looks like FIA was getting close to the culprits. RIP !

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  • Pseudo-Liberal
    May 3, 2013 - 9:53AM

    Yes, the extremist killed him so that no one finds out that it was the extremist who killed BB…

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  • Peer Sain
    May 3, 2013 - 10:02AM

    One wonders who eliminated him and who is being benefited?

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  • Rehan
    May 3, 2013 - 10:09AM

    @Peer Sain: Army.

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  • Litmus
    May 3, 2013 - 10:10AM

    May Allah have mercy on us all, AMEN. I wonder who’s covering who ? Who wants to try the ex-president for murder of an ex-PM and who wants this not to come to an end, with all that is happening, we surely are calling for Almighty’s wrath.

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  • Butt
    May 3, 2013 - 10:19AM

    Good luck with the jungle law.

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  • jssidhoo
    May 3, 2013 - 10:20AM

    As per the news report in Times of India he was also handling the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case.

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  • Polpot
    May 3, 2013 - 10:23AM

    Why is Pakistan treating its own Citizens the same way that it treated Sarabjit?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Value of Human Life in Pakistan is in dimes!.

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  • Jamal Hasnain
    May 3, 2013 - 10:24AM

    @Rehan. No, its too obvious. Army does not benefit from this.

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  • Rana
    May 3, 2013 - 10:25AM

    According to other news sources one of the assailants got injured by return fire which might be receiving treatment at CMH!!

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  • Polpot
    May 3, 2013 - 10:26AM

    The biggest market in Pakistan
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    Bullet Proof vests.

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  • Aziz
    May 3, 2013 - 10:31AM

    To all those who say that the army are reaponsible for this becauae of musharraf’s trial. If anyone musharaff would have wanted to get rid off, it would have been nawaz, top prioroty. This is more political in nature.

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  • Ehsan karim
    May 3, 2013 - 10:41AM

    Typical bollywood movie scene

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  • Just Saying
    May 3, 2013 - 10:41AM

    here begins Musaharraf’s bail out plan.

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  • Max
    May 3, 2013 - 10:46AM

    Who will blame the taliban now?Recommend

  • Analyzer
    May 3, 2013 - 10:47AM

    And still some fools continue to believe that Taliban killed BB.Recommend

  • BILAL
    May 3, 2013 - 11:05AM

    I knew it from the very first day Army is keeping an eye on what drama is being played in Courts against ex president, simple, Long live army men.

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  • BILAL
    May 3, 2013 - 11:07AM

    @Analyzer:
    Hahaha Good one mate, Let people live in their foulness world and keep voting PPPP & PML-N

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  • Aahjiz BayNawa
    May 3, 2013 - 11:24AM

    @Rehan:
    Do not blame the entire institution of the Army. See who benefits personally and directly.

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  • Khadim Karrar
    May 3, 2013 - 11:27AM

    Powerful individuals and groups can easily defy justice. Even the Supreme Court is helpless.

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  • Munir
    May 3, 2013 - 11:34AM

    This is called tragedy of errors.

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  • Jat
    May 3, 2013 - 11:40AM

    Cunning headline – he was also handling the 26/11 Mumbai attack. And pumping twelve bullets into him, the assassins made sure there was not even a slight chance of his survival.

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  • Peer Sain
    May 3, 2013 - 11:54AM

    @Rehan:
    Judiciary

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  • Peace Lover
    May 3, 2013 - 11:56AM

    Who is supposed to benefit from this assassination?

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  • bilal
    May 3, 2013 - 12:03PM

    another victim in BB murder case

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  • Salman
    May 3, 2013 - 12:25PM

    @jssidhoo:
    Hahaha seriously?

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  • forq
    May 3, 2013 - 12:33PM

    @Weird:
    there u go blame the army for everything…..cheap comment….

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  • Positive Pakistani
    May 3, 2013 - 1:29PM

    Am I watching “The God-Father” ??

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  • Syed Zulfiqar
    May 3, 2013 - 2:07PM

    Sad moment for us, as we are treating Pakistan Army as enemy of Pakistan. I don’t think that Army is getting any benefit out of this except blames.

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  • Danish
    May 3, 2013 - 2:42PM

    The thing is there might have concrete proofs in BB Murder case that could have lead to convict some one or some group. The same group is behind this killing. If one looked back at the BB Murder case, It is quite clear, from where she have been receiving life threats.

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  • Civilain
    May 3, 2013 - 3:12PM

    Wat was sad was that BB got asassinated in a garrison town of Rawalpindi a few kilometers from GHQ under the rule of a Miliraty man and the evidence was washed within minutes from the crime through a fire brigade hosing it down and it is said that order came from high up from the top.

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  • Babablacksheep
    May 3, 2013 - 3:25PM

    or its could be a pure sectarian case

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    May 3, 2013 - 3:27PM

    @jssidhoo:
    Seems quite plausible.
    Any way as for Benazir case it wasn’t going anywhere.

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  • Zulfiqar
    May 3, 2013 - 3:33PM

    BB was not killed by Taliban, the statement of IK now making sense to most of people out there now !

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  • Insaan
    May 3, 2013 - 3:42PM

    Can we blame India, Israel or USA for this murder? Was he an Indian Spy? Did some one play Kargil here? RIP

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  • Rehan
    May 3, 2013 - 3:59PM

    Not Army. But those whose secrets were about to disclose by the interrogation of army man. He pointed out who must have killed BB and must be interrogated. It needs understanding dear.

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  • Rana
    May 3, 2013 - 4:43PM

    ET, your moderation is getting pathetic, why you publish my successive comments if they were against your moderation rules at first place?? I guess a bullying call from monitoring cell may have forced you to remove??Recommend

  • May 3, 2013 - 4:47PM

    Poor woman… What was her fault btw?

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  • May 3, 2013 - 5:34PM

    @Aziz: Sorry not for Gen Mush. For Army he is a spent force. It is for those who were the part of conspiracy and serving. Truth brings discredit to the ARMY not Mush alone.

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  • Faisal
    May 3, 2013 - 5:37PM

    Shame for Pakistanis that they blame their army so carelessly. Why not thinking that Rehman Malik was becoming in the grip of law after interrogation of PM.

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  • K B Kale
    May 3, 2013 - 6:00PM

    Who is the boss in Pakistan? Whose writ runs there?

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  • True Karachiwala
    May 3, 2013 - 6:01PM

    @Rehan: No! The ones who are behind the murder of Baitullah Mehsud, Khalid Shansha, and Rehman Dakait (Now called Sardar Abdul Rehman)

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  • Feroz
    May 3, 2013 - 6:05PM

    The masterminds behind the murder of BB and the 26/11 Mumbai terror plot are the same. No civilian or terrorist has the power to order washing of the crime scene after murder like in the BB case.

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  • Mirza
    May 3, 2013 - 6:07PM

    I wonder how big a storm it would have created if PPP were still in power? Taliban were not the killers of BB as their spokesman Imran Khan said a couple of days ago. Why would TTP kill anybody, they are peace loving organization?

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  • Ousaf
    May 3, 2013 - 6:07PM

    This country badlyyyy needs Martial Law… A major surgery required…. Else country is gone

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  • Breaking Bad
    May 3, 2013 - 6:11PM

    Sad news. I wish like hollywood movies he left a flash drive with a friend at safe place who could turn it in after his death :( :(

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  • Phrontiste
    May 3, 2013 - 6:18PM

    It’s quiet evident – now that Musharraf is on house-arrest and confided to TWO ROOMS only with no access to any communication –

    It is someone else who didn’t wanted this guy to appear in-front of the courts !!

    Tells a lot as to who can be behind this – but also definitely it’s not Musharraf who they are trying to frame !!

    All these Criminals contesting for Elections – One really thinks what a recipe for disaster this is. All have got cases, corruption charges – all parties are deeply involved in one thing or the other – as there is no accountability.

    ECP rejected a few members and after a few days they were accepted – LOL !!!

    May ALLAH HELP PAKISTAN !!

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  • Breaking Bad
    May 3, 2013 - 6:19PM

    we as pakistanis very quickly believe in conspiracy theories. this most likely is not helping musharraf if anything.

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  • Heran
    May 3, 2013 - 6:20PM

    Good news for APML followers, their leader will be save.

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  • Ali Khan
    May 3, 2013 - 6:21PM

    @Positive Pakistani:
    @BILAL:
    @Weird:
    @Rehan:

    Pathetic thinking why no body want to investigate the under world done zardari
    shame on all of you for blaming PAK ARMY.

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  • saqib
    May 3, 2013 - 6:55PM

    what a shame, simple Pakistanis blaming Army straightly, despite all indicators pointing that army would least benefit from such an incident, and that musharraf is already under custody. We Pakistanis are bent upon destroying our own institutions (which are still left working)…Keep on voting to PPPP and PML N and enjoy my fellow Pakistanis

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  • Roni
    May 3, 2013 - 7:00PM

    @Ali Khan:
    Did these gentlemen touch some raw nerve with the truth? Anger and calling names is not going to change the facts and the blame. Recommend

  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    May 3, 2013 - 7:14PM

    No wonder Pakistan is notorious for being called the “LAWLESS COUNTRY.” RIP Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali , who ever takes your place should double their efforts to find the real killers of BB and show to these people that the law of the country has long arm.

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  • hamza khan
    May 3, 2013 - 7:24PM

    how is musharraf benefitting from killing the lead prosecutor in BB case? anyone who believes that he actually had a hand in it needs to examine their head. nor is the army interested in assasinating lawyers, otherwise God knows how many lawyers would have been 6 feet under today. my mind would go to the PPP. as everyone knows, the taliban may have killed BB, but who was behind her? rahman malik and zardari come to mind.

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  • Talat Haque
    May 3, 2013 - 7:47PM

    Sad, sad and sad ………….. we cannot face the truth about ourselves !

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  • Muneer
    May 3, 2013 - 7:59PM

    May o3 was the date of hearing of Musharraf’s absonding and asset freeze case.Since he has already appeared in the court and has also been investigated, a favourable decision was thus very likely. The elements which wanted it to be delayed could be behind the murder. Another new element in the case was the statement of Musharraf formally implicating Rehman Malik for serious breaches in the internal security of BB for which he was responsible.The foregoing statement may also have implications for powerful people.
     

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  • King Emperor
    May 3, 2013 - 9:27PM

    @Heran:
    Did Musharraf did Benazir in? Quite possible. The man who indulged in Kargil misadventure without thinking can do anything (without thinking, of course!)

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  • K B Kale
    May 3, 2013 - 9:38PM

    @Feroz:
    You said it, Ferozsahab! Right on the button!!

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  • Zeeshan
    May 3, 2013 - 11:34PM

    I am sure a serious conspiracy killed BB. After the conspirators achieved her killing they threw it in the plate of TTP. I am not pro TTP but I believe TTP was used as scapegoat in that case.

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  • expaki
    May 4, 2013 - 12:19AM

    @Analyzer: Janab Analyzer Sahib, if monsters of “strategic depth” did not kill her, then would you very kindly “Analyze” who killed her? please awake up, ship is sinking.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    May 4, 2013 - 1:35AM

    @Civilain:

    What evidence you are talking about? BB drop dead in the car. All her blood spilled in the car. The blood washed out from the road is of the other people who died in the blast. You talked like to a teenage kid, but the teenager are very smart of the present time.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    May 4, 2013 - 1:49AM

    @Heran:

    Do you think that one prosecutor was the only who is looking after the case. There is another guy who was looking after the case (don’t remember his name) on the day when he was shot. Only possibility is that the case will delay for few days.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    May 4, 2013 - 1:55AM

    @Zulfiqar:

    What IK meant was someone in the (PPP) party who wants to grab the power from BB.
    The investigators should check BB’s will for authentication. If it is not then the investigation should start from there. Naheed Khan said that she does not know of any will so it could be fake.

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  • Analyzer
    May 4, 2013 - 9:19AM

    @expaki:
    One almost never hears about the culprits in the first assassination in our nation… that of Khan Liaqat Ali Khan. After his death democracy was forced to fail and dictators ruled the Pakistani landscape. After removing the elected prime minister from office through murder, the feudals tried to marginalize the Bengalis. As a result of the conspiracy the constitution was abrogated and the military-feudal complex took over Pakistan. The feudals and their sentries the army took over the reins of the country and never let go.

    That, my friend, is when the ship started sinking.

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  • shameen hussain
    May 4, 2013 - 2:36PM

    sooooooooooooooo sad.ths iz vary sad moment for us

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