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Arshad Dogar
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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LAHORE: Renowned eye specialist of the Lahore General Hospital (LGH), Prof Dr Syed Ali Haider, and his son were murdered in a brazen targeted attack by unknown motorcyclists at the FC College Underpass in the Gulberg police limits on Monday morning.

 

The doctor expired on the spot while his 12-year-old son Ali Murtaza succumbed to injuries at the Services Hospital. Gulberg. Police have registered a case against unknown killers on the complaint of victim’s driver Iftikhar under various sections of law including 7 ATA and shifted the bodies to morgue for autopsy.

 

The Lahore Police were silent over the motive of killers till the filing of this report. However, the victims’ family has declared it a targeted attack saying that they had no enmity with anyone.

 

The 45-year-old victim doctor left his house on 15-A Haali Road, at around 7am on his car to drop his son, a Class 7 student, at the Atchison College. As he reached the FC College Underpass, two motorcyclists approached the victim from behind and opened a volley of bullets.

 

As a result, the doctor, who was on driving seat of the car and his son, received multiple bullet injuries while their driver Iftikhar, who was sitting at the rear seat, remained unhurt.

 

The accused persons left the spot after confirming death of the doctor. The driver informed police and Rescue 1122 which reached the scene within minutes. Rescuers found the doctor dead on the spot and rushed his son to Services Hospital, where he also succumbed to injuries. The side windows of the car were completely shattered due to heavy firing.

 

The eyewitnesses claimed that the number of attackers was four while police claimed that there were two bikers. Soon after the incident, senior police officers and a team of forensic experts reached the scene, collected evidence and removed the bodies to morgue. Police have also collected empties of the bullets for forensic tests. The evidence collected from the crime scene have been sent to Punjab Forensic Science Agency for tests. Lahore police also mounted pickets soon after the incident but failed to trace the killers. The CCTV cameras installed at different buildings situated alongside Zahur Elahi Road could help out in tracing killers.

 

Meanwhile, Shia community staged a protest against the killing of victim doctor and his son and demanded immediate arrest of killers. The protest resulted into severe traffic jam for many hours. However, the protesters dispersed on the assurance of senior police officers. Justice Syed Afzal Haider, the uncle of victim doctor, has said that it was targeted attack against the Shia community as they had no enmity with anyone.

 

Moreover, a senior police officer, requesting anonymity, told The News that the modus operandi of killers showed that it was a targeted attack against a renowned professional of Shia community. He claimed that Lahore Police would trace the killers very soon.

 

The victim doctor has been survived by a widow and a son. The victim doctor’s other son Asad Ali is also an O Levels student at Aitchison College. On the day of incident, Asad had taken leave from the college due to sickness. Sources in Lahore Police told The News that the members of some organised terrorist group have started targeting professionals of Shia community in Lahore. A week back, two motorcyclists had killed Waqar Haider, a banker, in Garden Town police limits. Lahore police have yet to arrest or trace the killers of Waqar Haider. Last year, renowned educationist Prof Shabih-ul-Hassan was killed in North Cantt police limits and Jawad Naqvi was killed in South Cantt police limits.