June 19, 2013 (Amir Saeed / UPI Next)Pakistani investigators say they are close to arresting members of a Taliban splinter group that has claimed responsibility for last month’s assassination of Chaudry Zulfiqar Ali, the chief prosecutor in the killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was also investigating the alleged involvement of Pakistanis in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.
Ali was shot and killed by three men May 3 in a brazen morning assault as he drove from his home in Islamabad to court in nearby Rawalpindi. The name of the previously unknown group, Mujahideen-e-Islam (Devotees of Islam), was found signed on a pamphlet left at the scene of Ali’s killing. Investigators have since determined that the group is a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban organization Tehreek-e-Taliban.
“We have tracked down the whole network of Mujahideen-e-Islam and now a strategy is being finalized to conduct raids on its hideouts in different areas,” a member of a multi-agency team probing the killing told UPI.com last month, requesting anonymity. The team includes senior officials from police and intelligence agencies.
He said that after going through substantial forensic and circumstantial evidence, “we are sure the outfit is involved in this killing,” He refused to elaborate further.