Hindu doctor shot dead in Karachi

Published: August 6, 2016
Dr Pritam Lakhwani was returning home from his clinic when he came under attack. PHOTO: AFP

Dr Pritam Lakhwani was returning home from his clinic when he came under attack. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: A 56-year-old doctor from the Hindu community was shot dead outside his clinic by unidentified men in Pak Colony at around 11pm on Thursday. The police have yet to determine the motive behind the incident.

The deceased, identified as Dr Pritam Lakhwani, was a general physician who ran a clinic near Bara Board in Pak Colony for the last 15 years. “He was returning home after shutting down his clinic as per routine when he came under attack,” Lakhwani’s young son, Rakesh Kumar told The Express Tribune.

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“Someone called me from my father’s cellphone and informed me that he had been killed,” shared Rakesh. The victim’s son said that his father had no personal enmity nor had he received any threats.

Lakhwani, a resident of Garden East, was shot once in his chest. He was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medical treatment from where his family took him to Aga Khan University Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Friday.

The doctor’s clinic was located in a residential area and the incident occurred when there was a power failure in the area, however, it has yet to be ascertained who was behind the incident, said the police, who believe it was a targeted attack. “No one saw the culprit or culprits. We [the police] don’t even know whether there was more than one culprit,” said police officer Muhammad Hasnain. Senior police officials have suspended Pak Colony SHO Musarrat Malik over the incident.

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An FIR No 144/16 on behalf of victim’s complaint against unidentified persons has been registered by the police and further investigation is under way.

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Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement minority MNA Sanjay Perwani termed the killing of Lakhwani ‘religiously motivated murder’. He plans to submit a call-attention notice in National Assembly on August 8 over the issue. “Dr Lakhwani had asked his assistant to bring a balance card for his cellphone and, when the assistant went away, someone came over there and shot him,” said Perwani, adding that there was no evidence of theft to suggest some other motive. 

With additional input from our
correspondent in Islamabad

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • SYED
    Aug 6, 2016 - 11:45AM

    Where is our newly appointed CM ? Recommend

  • Chris
    Aug 6, 2016 - 12:46PM

    This is totally. This madness has to stop. Let minorities live. Would someone take any action ? Minorities cannot be taken for granted.Recommend

  • Vasu
    Aug 6, 2016 - 3:46PM

    @Chris: Don’t worry.In some years they will vanish and then the Statement “Pakistan is tolerant towards its Minorities” would be vacously True as there would be no minorities left in Pakistan.Cheers!Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 6, 2016 - 4:41PM

    Any connection with the visit of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Islamabad.Recommend

  • Sup
    Aug 6, 2016 - 4:56PM

    UN should interfere in Karachi. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 6, 2016 - 5:22PM

    What makes us so sure it was a hate crime? Maybe it was a failed mugging?Further investigation required.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Aug 6, 2016 - 5:48PM

    You do not publish what I said. Hindus demand MSF attend to Hindus in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Np
    Aug 6, 2016 - 7:47PM

    Nothing of value was stolen from the man. That makes it clear it was a hate crime.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani
    Aug 6, 2016 - 9:13PM

    As long as you teach school children that Pakistan was created to be a homeland for Muslims only, killing of minorities will continue. The Lakhwani family has been residents of Karachi for many decades, they in fact are among the original residents of Karachi (along with Memons, Bohras, Makranis, etc). Hindus are living in fear, the government should increase security in the city to prevent such incidents.Recommend

  • Shaukat ali
    Aug 7, 2016 - 12:35AM

    Senseless killing of innocent religious minorities in Pakistan is a matter of utter shame for the educated liberal people of Pakistan. However it seems funny that you should mention killing of minorities in Pakistan where your military has killed 52 innocent civilians in Kashmir and blinded hundreds of others, where you lynch innocent Muslims for just suspected to have consumed beef. The list goes on.Recommend

  • True Blood
    Aug 7, 2016 - 1:24AM

    Don’t call him a Hindu,call him a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Aug 7, 2016 - 1:40AM

    @Shaukat ali:
    Those “innocent” civilian were attacking security forces with molatov/Acid bottles/Stones to kill the security personal. I think Pakistanis have a lot to catch up in order to understand what “peaceful” protests mean. Recommend

  • Vasu
    Aug 7, 2016 - 2:19AM

    @Shaukat ali: Cheers Brother!You know what,I want you think in Exactly the same way so that the gap bw India and Pakistan can grow further.A country in which a non Muslim can’t become the Prime Minister officially as per the Constitution speaks volumes,Cheers Bro!Recommend

  • Shock and Horror
    Aug 7, 2016 - 2:49AM

    Yet another example of perfect religious harmory in Pakistan. God bless.Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Aug 7, 2016 - 5:56AM

    Lots of Muslims are being shot dead in Pakistan every single day. why you only highlight minorities. if you are trying to say that minorities are not safe in Pakistan then keep it in mind Muslims are also not safe here. Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Aug 7, 2016 - 6:25AM

    @Vasu: Not only that but then Pakistani leaders like Sharif and Nissar will rise and say look our minorities are safe but Indian minorities are being killed as they did in Godhra all those years ago. Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Aug 7, 2016 - 6:29AM

    @Shaukat ali: You are absolutely wrong in saying that Kashmiri Muslims are innocent. Take off the blindfold and you will see that they carry guns and attack security personnel. I do not consider them peaceloving people. They are financed and incited by outsiders.Recommend

  • Gee Kay
    Aug 7, 2016 - 6:35AM

    One less of Doctor for Pakistan when the hospitals are without doctors. It makes me hopeful that more Hindus will now decide to leave, but that seems like a good outcome. It is good for Pakistan too. They will not have to live reluctantly with kafirs any more. Perhaps, Kashmiris protesting in India may also think of moving to Pakistan. It is unfinished business of partition, afterall. Recommend

  • Manish
    Aug 7, 2016 - 11:29AM

    I dont understand what is the fuss about. Isnt it clear that Pak was made for muslims? so some one is finishing the pending agenda. They should be clearly told to leave pak and go elsewhere as this nation is not meant for them. very simpleRecommend

  • apakmuslim
    Aug 7, 2016 - 12:29PM

    @Shaukat ali There is no co-relation between the situation created in K valley vs. killing of an innocent doctor. India is a tolerant secular country. It had muslim presidents (and will have), lots of muslim ministers at federal level etc. and the list goes on. Unfortunately, the govt does not seem to care about the killings of minorities. The country can never prosper with this mindset.Recommend

  • siesmann
    Aug 7, 2016 - 1:14PM

    Mullah’s Islam?!!!!Recommend

  • mohmmad
    Aug 7, 2016 - 4:34PM

    all muslim will go to fire….Recommend

  • Dr. V.K.Srinivas
    Aug 7, 2016 - 10:12PM

    I think our Muslim brother from Hyderabad – India and other must realise how well there are taken with reservations and benefits which are not provided to hindus in Pakistan. We need
    to open the borders and see how many cross from India to PakistanRecommend

  • kaash
    Aug 9, 2016 - 9:37AM

    When will the minorities in Pakistan(and the world as a whole) realize that Pakistan is no longer safe for them and that they must do everything to leave the country immediately. What is happening is only a tip of the iceberg of what is going to happen later. Pakistan is going down the drain And after Afghanistan , Iraq , Libya , Syria and others it will soon be Pakistan. Recommend

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