Old enmity: Doctor gunned down in Islamabad
RAWALPINDI: A senior doctor, who along with his family had migrated to Islamabad from Swat over a decade back, was shot dead in the capital city on Sunday. Dr Mohammad Amin, 58, a pathologist, ran his private clinic (Subhan Medical Centre) at I-8/3 and lived in the same locality. Police said the doctor was found shot dead on a service road at Sector I-9/1 at about 12:30pm. According to preliminary police report, four men came to the house of Dr Amin and requested him to accompany them to see a serious patient who could not be brought to his clinic. Oblivious to what was going to happen, the doctor agreed.
Police said two of the strangers sat with the doctor in a car while their accomplices followed them in another vehicle. On reaching the service road at I-9/1, the kidnappers shot the doctor dead and threw the body out and escaped, said the police, adding the victim’s body was riddled with eight bullets.
Ahmed Khan, the elder son of the deceased, who is pursuing a master’s degree in women development studies at the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), told Dawn that his father had left his house at around 9am.
“I cannot confirm whether my father had left the house in response to a telephone call or somebody had come and picked him up. However, he was shot dead near I-9 Public Park.”
Khan said he cannot identify any person in his father’s murder, adding he was not hopeful of getting justice either. “I cannot even afford litigation because it is not possible for an ordinary person to get justice in our society. My father’s sin was that he had stood guarantor in a monetary transaction in Swat back in late ‘90s.”
He said his family left everything behind and migrated to Islamabad in 1998 when his father was jailed for seven years in connection with the monetary dispute. “My father was released before he completed the sentence for showing good behaviour in the jail. But it changed everything and forced us to leave our hometown of Swat.”
When asked why revenge killing was common in most parts of KP, the young Khan courageously defended the people of Swat and said: “They are peaceful compared to those living in the suburban areas like Shangla.” But he added: “It is the product of bloated egos, lack of education and poverty. It is very unfortunate that we live in a society where getting justice is also not easy.”
When contacted, Ashraf Shah, the deputy superintendent of Industrial Area police, told Dawn that old enmity seemed to be the motive behind the doctor’s murder.
The doctor had been associated with a private hospital in Islamabad and got retirement a year back. Later, he opened his own medical centre at Sector I-8/3.
However, of late, Dr Amin had not been visiting the medical centre regularly after suffering a heart attack. DSP Ashraf Shah added: “It would be too early to say who the killers were and what their motive was.” The cell phone record of the deceased is being sought by the police to trace the killers, he said.