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FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar gunned down

03 May, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Chaudhary Zulfiqar, prosecutor of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Benazir Bhutto murder case, was shot dead by unidentified armed men here on Friday morning, our sources reported.

Due to the incident, the hearing of Benazir Bhutto murder case has been adjourned till May 14 while lawyers are observing complete strike at High Court and District Court Rawalpindi.

State prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar was shot multiple times by gunmen as he was driving to the next hearing in the murder case of the former prime minister, who was assassinated more than five years ago.

His bodyguard was also wounded in the attack and a woman killed when Zulfiqar lost control of his vehicle, police said.

"Chaudhry Zulfiqar was driving his car. He lost control and the car crushed a woman passer-by," Yousuf told.

"Zulfiqar was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries."

Police said the gunmen fled on a motorbike.

The attack happened in broad daylight in a busy street of G-9 of the federal capital.

The prosecutor had been on his way to appear before the anti-terrorism court hearing the Bhutto case in the neighbouring city fo Rawalpindi.

Nobody has ever been convicted or jailed for Bhutto's December 2007 assassination.

Musharraf's government blamed the killing on Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud, who denied any involvement and was killed in a US drone attack in 2009.

On Tuesday, Musharraf was placed under a two-week house arrest over charges that he conspired to murder the former prime minister, who was at the time campaigning for election.

In 2010 a UN report said Bhutto's death could have been prevented and accused Musharraf's government of failing to give her adequate protection.

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