Playwright Asghar Nadeem Syed survives gun attack in Lahore

Published: January 21, 2014

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Playwright Asghar Nadeem Syed who was fired at by unidentified assailants. PHOTO: ARTS COUNCIL PAKISTAN Express News screengrab

LAHORE: Renowned playwright Asghar Nadeem Syed survived a gun attack, when unidentified armed men shot at his  car near Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore on Tuesday, Express News reported. 

Syed was returning home from Beaconhouse University, where he heads the department on television, film and theatre, when he was attacked on the main Johar boulevard. He was shot twice, once in the arm and in the chest. He was traveling alone at the time of the attack.

The playwright was was rushed to Doctor’s Hospital where medical personnel said his life was out of danger. Doctors said that he had received two bullet wounds, one pierced his left arm and the second damaged left rib cage, before passing through him and into his seat.

Following the incident, Syed had called Rescue 1122 for assistance.

Rescuers said the patient is stable and was speaking on his way to the hospital.

Following an operation to extract the bullet lodged in his left arm, doctors shifted him to an intensive care unit. However, they maintained that his condition was stable and that the decision to keep him at the hospital was just a precaution.

The police have seized the casings of the bullets that were fired at his car. They said that the it may have been a targeted attack, but added that it was too soon to definitively say what the motive for the attack was.

Reader Comments (10)

  • Gilgiti
    Jan 21, 2014 - 7:10PM

    very shameful act of extremist groups who don’t want to see any type of intellectual in Pakistan.

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  • STILLV
    Jan 21, 2014 - 7:15PM

    get well soon

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  • Ahmad
    Jan 21, 2014 - 8:19PM

    “Shaukat Khanum Hospital” instead of saying Lahore in the title.

    Well done ET !!

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  • Irfan
    Jan 21, 2014 - 8:37PM

    And now playwrights! Who is going to be next?

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  • Jibran
    Jan 21, 2014 - 8:46PM

    Total chaos in the country.

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  • sk
    Jan 21, 2014 - 9:27PM

    So sad!

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  • Rahim
    Jan 21, 2014 - 10:56PM

    SADDDD….!!!! :(

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  • Sam
    Jan 21, 2014 - 11:28PM

    ET: “at near,” there seems to be a problem with this headline.

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  • stop killing
    Jan 22, 2014 - 2:55AM

    May you live long Asgar Nadeem Syed. How bravely you fought ,it is commendable. Keeping oneself busy in talk after gunshots is one of major remedy before receiving emergency treatment. You are really brave. Praying ,praying and praying for you. Allah pak na’kaam karain in dushmanoun ko. Ameen.

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  • Nikki
    Jan 22, 2014 - 10:37AM

    Whenever Nawaz Sharif came in power sactarian and ethnic conflict begins.Why?

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