The murderer of the slain FIA prosecutor – Chaudhary Zulfiqar Ali, has been arrested from Islamabad, according to police sources.
Mr. Zulfiqar Ali was investigating the murder of Mrs. Benazir Bhutto, the former PM of Pakistan. He was also involved in the investigations of the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.
The deceased was shot down in Islamabad on 3rd May. In the ensuing response by his bodyguard, one of the attackers got injured.
The injured attacker has been identified as Abdullah Omar, the son of an army colonel who was court martialled after his ties with Al-Qaida were discovered.
“Abdullah Omar was part of the team that ambushed Chaudhary Zulfiqar near his residence in Islamabad on 3rd May,” senior police officer, Jamil Hashmi, told the correspondent of a media outlet.
Some media reports have also highlighted Abdullah’s involvement in an attack on Parade Lane Mosque, frequented by army officers, in 2009.
Reportedly, Mr. Abdullah is hospitalized in a critical condition, as the gun shot penetrated his lower spine. Police officials have designated his hospital room as a ‘sub jail’ while he is undergoing treatment.
Intrusion by the Higher Ups
It is believed that the Interior Ministry is taking a special interest in Abdullah’s case, to ward off the involvement of the premier intelligence agency.
Sources closer to the military believe that the accused of Parade Lane Mosque is allegedly involved in other major attacks as well; on the GHQ, Camp Hamza, et cetera.
The intrusion of Chaudhary Nisar, the Interior Minister of Pakistan, in this case, is blocking the path of the intelligence personnel, who can dig out concrete evidence by taking the suspect in custody.
The legal authority given to the agencies allows them to keep the suspect in custody for at least 3 months. Marking the accused would give them a chance to bust the entire terror cell, if the government doesn’t intervene in the due process.