PESHAWAR: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Kurram Agency president Dr Syed Riaz Hussain was shot dead in a targeted attack outside his clinic in Habib Medical Centre, Dabgari Gardens in Peshawar on Wednesday.
He was rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
According to news reports, an attacker riding a motorcycle sprayed bullets on his car near his clinic.
Hussain was a brother of DIG Irshad Hussain (rtd) and belonged to the Shia sect.
He had previously survived two suicide attacks in 2008.
He was a candidate for the National Assembly seat NA-37 from Kurram Agency. Throughout his political career, the deceased and his family struggled to bring peace to the Agency.
Hussain was born on May 11, 1959 and was a graduate of the Khyber Medical College. He was a specialist gastroenterologist and practised at his private clinic.
He is survived by his widow and three sons.
The family is as yet undecided on whether to hold his funeral in Peshawar or at their ancestral village in Parachinar.
Sectarian violence is on the rise in Pakistan, with many Shias being targeted for their beliefs across the country.
Amnesty International has recorded at least 39 attacks on Shias since the start of 2012 till November 2012.
Zardari condemns attack
President Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned Hussain’s murder. He expressed grief and sorrow over the killing and lauded his services for the people – as a doctor and supporter of democracy.
He directed the concerned authorities to bring the culprits to justice.
In his condolence message to the bereaved family, Zardari prayed for the departed soul.
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