Benazir and Mumbai cases hit a snag after murder of top prosecutor Ch Zulfiqar


By Raza Ruman

( Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali Shaheed – holder of Sitara-i-Shujaat – was giving his immense input in both Benazir Bhutto murder and Mumbai attacks cases before he was shot dead in 2013.

Both cases hit a snag after his murder at the hands of Tahreek-i-Taliban militants for pursuing the case of Ms Bhutto’ murder vigorously.

Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, was shot dead in Islamabad on May 3, 2013 when he was driving to a hearing in the murder case of the former prime minister, who was assassinated in 2007.

Zulfiqar had been receiving death threats from militants. Zulfiqar was also leading the investigation into a case related to the 2008 terrorist attack on the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people.

Zulfiqar had recently requested additional security from the ministry of interior “because of the high-profile case that he was investigating.”

A motive for the killing was unclear, but his involvement in two particularly high-profile cases will likely be scrutinised closely.

Zulfiqar’s colleagues described him as a highly competent prosecutor. “He had a vast experience of handling complicated and high-profile cases and because of his competence he was assigned the Benazir Bhutto case and some other cases,” said Ashraf Gujar.

On the occasion of Independence Day, 14th August 2012, by acknowledging his meritorious services in Army House Attack Case in which the accused persons were exemplary convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on two counts along with fine of Rs.100,000/- to each accused vide judgment dated 31.08.2010, the President of Pakistan awarded him with Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal, which is the highest gallantry award in the Police Service.

“Pakistan will be missing Ch Zulfiqar’s professionalism and dedication,” his colleague said and added he will be missed forever.

His son, advocate Chaudhry Nisar Ali who is extremely proud of his father, is practicing law and has vowed to carry forward his father’s mission. — Pak Destiny


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