Pakistani prosecutor on Benazir Bhutto case assassinated

posted at 8:01 am on May 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

This could be a real whodunit, because the underlying murder case is also a bit of a whodunit. Gunmen on motorcycles (or perhaps in a taxi) assassinated the top prosecutor in Pakistan, who had been preparing a case on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007. CNN points to a number of potential suspects:

The Washington Post looks more specifically at the recently returned Pervez Musharraf, whom Chaudhry Zulfikar had accused of taking part in the Bhutto killing, and who has been under house arrest for a couple of weeks after having his bail revoked:

In an attack that shocked the usually sedate capital, gunmen on Friday morning shot to death the Pakistani government’s top prosecutor in a case accusing former military ruler Pervez Musharraf of involvement in the 2007 assassination of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto, police said.

The gunmen, riding in a taxi, sprayed state prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar’s car with bullets as he was leaving his home here en route to an anti-terrorism court in nearby Rawalpindi for trial proceedings in the Bhutto case. …

In the one unfolding in Rawalpindi, prosecutors have alleged that Musharraf was culpable for Bhutto’s murder for not providing her enough security. He has denied the allegations.

At the time, Musharraf’s government blamed the Taliban for the fatal attack on Bhutto, a two-time prime minister.

But don’t necessarily lock into one suspect, either.  The Taliban has conducted their usual manner of public engagement of late — killings:

Zulfikar’s death comes amid a spate of political killings by the Pakistani Taliban, which has launched concentrated attacks against secular parties as part of the militants’ avowed efforts to derail the May 11 national election that would bring the first transfer of power between elected governments in Pakistan’s 65-year history.

And as CNN notes, it might be the same group that conducted the Mumbai attack, Lashkar-e-Taiba.  The Pakistani intelligence service ISI has supported LeT in the past (as they have the Taliban), and they may have concerns that Pakistan’s prosecutors might get too interested in bringing these terrorist groups to heel.

In other words, this is a real whodunit, just as much as with Bhutto’s assassination — and it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get answers in either.

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At this point does it really even matter? Seriously.

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Amerikaland should probably give Pakistan another couple F16s. Maybe an aircraft carrier? Something.

Jeddite on May 3, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Well, isn’t that something, middle-eastern gunmen assassinating someone and in Pakistan no less.

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Bishop on May 3, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Chris of Rights on May 3, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Freepers are saying this is satire. But it is a really good story. Should be true.

esr1951 on May 3, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Chris of Rights on May 3, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Oh man, if that is true, it’s got to be highlighted. Especially the arrogance.

Cleombrotus on May 3, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Ed, HotAir HAS to comment on this:

Chris of Rights on May 3, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Why? It’s funny but fake.
Thanks for the link though. Laughing is a great way to start the day!

katy the mean old lady on May 3, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Chris of Rights on May 3, 2013 at 8:14 AM

The Daily Currant is a satirical news site — like the Onion, just less well known. Funny article, though.

Ed Morrissey on May 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

OT: Drudge is showing 165,000 jobs for April. A big improvement over March, but still stagnant overall.

Doughboy on May 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM

And again, we are given an example of why we cannot win this war on terror using the rules we live by.

Over there if they don’t like you, they kill you. It’s that simple, Allah forgives them.

Over here, we don’t like it we sue or appeal. Heck can you imagine being a prosecutor in America where you are targeted every day for doing a job? Remember the reaction in Texas when someone started killing prosecutors there? The place went nuts. The system froze! Federal prosecutors quit and went back to D.C.!

Everybody thought their worst nightmare had occurred and the AB were involved, although they denied it. Or the Mexican Cartels, but they denied it.

Turned out to be a pissed off former lawyer on a vendetta.

But the outcome was the same. The system went nuts. Now imagine the threat was a daily way of life- like over there. How many American lawyers would stay the course, or just cut and run.

Why do we still think we can get through to people who think like that?

archer52 on May 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM

The Daily Currant is a satirical news site

The story on Pope Benedict coming out as gay should be a tip-off.

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Law and order.

Robert_Paulson on May 3, 2013 at 9:08 AM

This is the same Benazir Bhutto, it should be remembered, who claimed in a TV interview with David Frost in November 2007, that Osama bin Ladan had already been murdered, and the act was carried out by Omar Saeed Sheik, the man who also beheaded Daniel Pearl.

Bhutto was assassinated a month after making the claim:

At the 2:20 mark in video.

sartana on May 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Bhutto herself said if anything happened to her, “look to Hamza bin Laden,” the youngest son of Osama bin Laden (who would be 20- or 21-years-old, today). But he hasn’t been seen since he went into hiding, a few months prior to his father’s death (either in Pakistan or Yemen).

DixT on May 3, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Bhutto was a long time ago.

profitsbeard on May 4, 2013 at 3:55 AM

Bhutto was a long time ago.

profitsbeard on May 4, 2013 at 3:55 AM


KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2013 at 4:03 AM