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Prosecutor Murdered In Islamabad As Pakistan’s ‘Peaceful’ Election Looms

The prosecutor investigating the murder of Benazir Bhutto and the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack was shot thirteen times by unknown gunmen on motorbikes outside Islamabad today. He died before reaching the hospital.

Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali represented the Federal Investigation Agency and reportedly had “solid evidence” that connected former dictator Pervez Musharraf to the killing of Ms. Bhutto in 2007. Mr. Ali’s death “reinforced the vulnerability of senior government officials who challenge Islamist militants and other powerful interests,” reports Declan Walsh for the New York Times.

Mr. Ali’s death also suggests that foreign observers shouldn’t get too excited about the “democratic elections” and the “constitutional transfer of power” that’s happening in Pakistan right now. Just because it is finally peacefully exchanging one democratically elected government for another doesn’t mean the new civilian leaders will be good guys. Indeed, 55 charged terrorists have been allowed by the Election Commission of Pakistan to run for office in Punjab province.

Pakistan is not a true democracy; it’s a thugocracy with a veil.

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  • John Burke

    Not much of a veil.

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