A child specialist targeted killed in Karachi
KARACHI: As reported by The News on Sunday, yet another doctor was gunned down in an apparent incident of target killing on Saturday, taking the toll to seven since the start of this year. Dr Khursheed Anwer, 40, a child specialist, was shot dead inside his clinic in the Iqbal Market police station limits. Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) President Dr Idrees Adhi said that the “extortion mafia” was involved in the killing of doctors. “Many doctors are paying extortion money to save their lives as they are receiving threats from extortionists.” He revealed the some people were demanding extortion money in the name of some political groups. “We have briefed the government and police on the situation, but nothing is being done for doctors’ security.” However, police termed the killing of Dr Khursheed sectarian in nature. They said the deceased was affiliated with the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat, formerly known as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan. SSP Khurram Waris of the Investigation West Zone and in charge Doctor’s Protection Cell said that the deceased was present at his clinic on Saturday morning when an unidentified man came there for medical check-up. He waited for his turn and when Dr Khursheed called him, he went inside the room and gunned down the doctor. Dr Khursheed received five bullet wounds on different parts of the body. He was immediately rushed to a hospital, where he breathed his last during treatment. Later, his body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where a large number of people gathered and launched a protest, asking the authorities to arrest the killers. The deceased was a resident of Shadman Town. SSP Waris said that initial investigation revealed that the murder of Dr Khursheed was of sectarian in nature. He said that the police had taken into custody empties of a 9mm pistol from the crime scene and also recorded statements of eyewitnesses. He said they were preparing a sketch of the murderer. The police official believed that 9mm or TT pistol is used in sectarian killings as these weapons are easy to carry. He said doctors from both the majors sects were being targeted in the spree of target killings. “Some elements are active to disturb the peace of the city,” he added. Also, four other people, including a police official, were killed in separate incidents in the city on Saturday. Head Constable (HC) Khalid Masood was shot dead in the Orangi Town police limits. SHO Raja Tariq of Orangi Town said that Masood’s body was found from the bushes in Shah Faisal Mohallah, Baloch Para, Orangi Town. He said that Masood was posted at the Paposh police-post and was suspended by the SP North Nazimabad Town a week back for his misbehaviour. SHO Tariq added that it seems that Masood was killed by the drug mafia. Masood was a resident of Nazimabad Police Line. A case was registered and investigation is under way. In a separate incident, the bullet-riddled body of Iqbal, 40, bearing torture marks, was found from the Baghdadi police limits. Police said that the body was found in a garbage dump in the Khada Market area. They added that during search of his pockets they found his CNIC from which he was identified as a resident of Khokhrapar. Unidentified criminals kidnapped Iqbal from an unknown place and after torturing him shot him dead and threw his body in their area. A case was registered and investigation is under way. In yet another incident, an unidentified dacoit was killed in the Pakistan Bazaar police limits. Police said that it was Saturday morning when four armed bandits broke into the house of Shakeel Ahmed, a resident of Raja Tanveer Colony. The bandits started looting the house while some started abusing the ladies. One of the ladies put up resistance. One of the four bandits opened fire which hit their own accomplice. They fled from the scene leaving their companion and looted property. The police said that the deceased bandit was still unidentified. They lodged an FIR and were investigating. Meanwhile, Mohammed Shahid was shot dead in the Steel Town police limits. Police said that Shahid was on his way to the Malir Court for his hearing on Saturday morning when armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire and shot him dead near his house situated in Phase-II, Gulshan-i-Hadeed, Steel Town. They added that investigations revealed that during the year 2006 Shahid had killed one Ghulam Nabi alias Babu for which he was arrested. A month ago he was bailed out. On Saturday morning when he was coming for his hearing he was targeted. They said that Shahid was killed due to some personal enmity. A case was registered and investigation is under way.