Sinister twists

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

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

We are accustomed to unfortunate events marring our history, blocking justice and leaving a myriad of mysteries drifting through the past. These date back to the 1951 assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan. Each time, conspiracies, conjecture and apparent cover-ups are spoken of — and we appear to be witnessing precisely the same series of events once more. In Islamabad on May 3, two unknown assailants on a motorcycle pumped some 10 bullets into the chest and shoulder of Federal Investigation Agency’s Special Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali as he left his home. Zulfiqar died at the hospital. He had been due to appear the same day before an Anti-Terrorism Court hearing the Benazir Bhutto assassination case — and his obviously intricately planned shooting is, of course, being linked to this. Zulfiqar was also the prosecutor in the 2008 Mumbai bombings case and held a reputation as a competent officer. This may, of course, explain why he was gunned down.

Benazir Bhutto was killed in December 2007 in what ranks as possibly the most significant killing in our recent political history. More than five years on, it remains unsolved. The murder of Zulfiqar Ali decreases the possibility we will ever know the truth and this is extremely unfortunate. Other key persons in the case, including Benazir’s security officer, have died before this latest incident. Indeed, the whole affair is beginning to, rather eerily, resemble the case involving the gunning down in Karachi in 1996 of Benazir’s younger brother Mir Murtaza Bhutto. This, too, was followed by the killing of key witnesses and investigators.

We must demand Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali’s death be investigated fully. The trail leading back from it must be followed. No more curtains must be drawn to hide what really happened. Such acts only make matters worse, adding to uncertainty and the uncomfortable feeling that we live in a realm of darkness where much is kept hidden from the eyes of the citizens and the most drastic acts are carried out by unknown persons to prevent the truth from breaking through from behind this shield. Chaudhry Zulfiqar seems to have become the latest victim of these forces.

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

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Reader Comments (6)

  • ashar
    May 4, 2013 - 12:37AM

    I am sure he has not been killed by Taliban. May Allah bless his soul in peace.

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  • Mirza
    May 4, 2013 - 2:19AM

    A very timely and fair editorial by the ET. By killing Z. Ali the tyrant killers made sure that no facts come out. This is no different than washing the crime scene with high pressure hoses soon after BB’s murder and officially talking about that she died of banging her head against sunroof. The more rumors and murders the easier is to hide the facts and the actual killers. It is also surprising that Imran Khan has recently pronounced that Taliban did not kill BB. He can give a certificate of innocence to Taliban for BB’s murder but not more than 50 thousand murders that TTP themselves proudly claimed. Like OBL’s presence this is never going to be solved.Recommend

  • C. Nandkishore
    May 4, 2013 - 6:03AM

    There, my words come true. I wrote a comment yesterday and it was not published by ET. ET why are you afraid of my name? In essence I wrote that TTP and others will target individuals, elected senators after the elections. Today they have killed the Public prosecutor. More targeted killing will come.

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  • SeeSaw
    May 4, 2013 - 9:55AM

    This murder clearly shows the powers behind the murder can and will remain unseen. And still some fools continue to believe that Taliban killed BB. Some even ridiculed IK for his analysis that taliban did not kill BB. But considering the predicament of Pakistan, it’s no wonder that fools are the predominant majority.

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  • Feroz
    May 4, 2013 - 10:48AM

    The chances are that help in Investigation would be sought from the very force likely involved in the murder of BB and 26/11 Mumbai massacre, negating every chance of bringing the culprits to Justice. When Benazir Bhutto had already revealed the identity of those threatening her making it a dying declaration, why the prevarication ? As usual most know the Truth but prefer to shift the blame elsewhere by destroying evidence and eliminating witnesses.

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  • Insaan
    May 5, 2013 - 10:41PM

    Did police try looking at videos that showed the live killing? With pictures investigators could easily find some people involved in the shooting and/or people with suspicious behavior.
    Did any one media or government persons tried to find the identities of terrorists that attacked Bombay on 26/11? A British Newspaper was able to find Kasab’s family before any one from Pakistan.

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