Kharotabad killings: Surgeon attacked ‘over testimony’

Published: June 14, 2011
Dr Baqir Shah is the police surgeon who conducted autopsy on the five foreigners who were shot dead by police and FC personnel on May 17 at the Kharotabad chek post in Quetta.

Dr Baqir Shah is the police surgeon who conducted autopsy on the five foreigners who were shot dead by police and FC personnel on May 17 at the Kharotabad chek post in Quetta.


A police surgeon who had conducted the autopsies on the bodies of foreigners who were shot dead in the Kharotabad area of Quetta earlier this month was attacked late Monday night.

According to an Express 24/7 correspondent in Quetta, Muhammad Kazim said that the surgeon, Dr Baqar Shah, was visiting a restaurant on Prince Road when up to 10 people pulled up outside and dragged the surgeon out. As the men tried to drag the doctor away to their vehicles, he put up resistance, upon which the men beat him up. His wounds were so severe that he had to be rushed to the civil hospital.

Earlier in the day, Dr Shah had recorded his statement in the ongoing tribunal on the Kharotabad killing incident in which five foreigners were gunned down at a check post by police and FC personnel on suspicion that they were armed suicide bombers.

In his testimony, Dr Shah confirmed that all the victims had died of gunshot wounds from the police and FC weapons fired from a distance of 50 – 60 feet, instead of a hand grenade as claimed by the police. This is one of the incriminating evidences pointing towards gross negligence of the police and FC personnel.

The victims, a five-member party of men and women of Russian and Tajik nationalities, were unarmed. An inquiry report presented to the parliamentary committee on the killings also said that none of the victims had fired a shot, and that FC personnel injured in the incident had been struck by bullets fired by other FC personnel and police.

Speaking to Dunya TV, the surgeon said that the men who were trying to abduct him were abusing him over his testimony before the judicial commission probing the incident.

The Balochistan police chief has ordered the registration of a case against all police officials involved in the alleged torture of the doctor.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, the Inspector General of Balochistan Police Rao Amin Hashim said that DIG Operations had received a message that an Assistant Sub Inspector of Police was drunk and had attacked the doctor. After receiving this information on the police wireless system, the DIG Operation directed the police to immediately reach the spot and arrest the policemen involved.


Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Malik
    Jun 14, 2011 - 2:39AM

    Establishment not wanting to let go the hold on public. Let’s see how it pans out and who wins, the nation or the establishment.Recommend

  • saleem khan
    Jun 14, 2011 - 2:39AM

    So we have become a truly fascist state. What will follow will be worse.Recommend

  • Aamer
    Jun 14, 2011 - 2:46AM

    Boys in uniform must stop attacking the civilians, if fear is to be made the weapon of choice for inducing ‘patriotism’ than its going to be a big disaster for the Army.

    Its easy for the saviors to kill innocent people, but a daunting task to take on 4 men entering a joint Airforce and Navy base, what apathy and incompetence!Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2011 - 2:51AM

    Pay back for maligning Pakistans “sensitive” agencies I guess. Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 14, 2011 - 4:51AM

    sensitive agencies , under the doctrine of necessity, in supreme national interest, killing insensitive civilians.Recommend

  • Danish Kamal
    Jun 14, 2011 - 5:07AM

    Where are we heading. I am really really really ashamed of being Pakistani. Useless, deaf and dumb forces.Recommend

  • Danish Kamal
    Jun 14, 2011 - 5:08AM

    Asma Jahangir is right – save either Pakistan or Army (forces)Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Jun 14, 2011 - 7:18AM

    The signs are all there.Recommend

  • aurangzeb rao
    Jun 14, 2011 - 7:25AM

    I salute you doctor sb., for being honest and courageous. The black sheeps in FC, Rangers and Police must be brought to trial for killing innocent people, I say innocent as they were never charged of any offence by any court. You are one of the few courageous officers left in the force.Recommend

  • khalid
    Jun 14, 2011 - 7:27AM

    Yet another blatant stroke by the protectors of law, who are jury, executioner and judgeRecommend

  • Jun 14, 2011 - 7:35AM

    This is truly absurd, shocking and ridiculous. They interpret and implement the law according to their limited brains.
    What lies ahead remains to be seen whether the nation and media will prevail over these agencies whose brains have ‘shrunk.’ Salams for a better Pakistan.Recommend

  • Nazar
    Jun 14, 2011 - 7:56AM

    Excellent move by security forces. keep it up, silence every voice of reason and justice.Recommend

  • Haroon
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:36AM

    I am utterly sorry to say this that I have seriously started to wonder what would have been best for muslims of the subcontinent

    a) British Raj
    b) Free united India with Hindu Majority but a Muslim population of nearly half a billion
    c) Feudals/Generals/ISI/ CIA payroll politicians’ Pakistan

    there was another option of Jinnah’s Pakistan that is lost somehwere in the corridors of ISI who these days define our national interests

    we pakistanis are afterall humans and this cattle treatment will have to come to an end … either voluntarily or forcefully…. we are moving closer and closer to a showdownRecommend

  • Shamsi Ajanee
    Jun 14, 2011 - 1:20PM

    This is totally un-acceptable on two counts:

    1) how did the police official get drunk…where did he buy the liquor from?.has he been charged with this offence?

    2) What right does police official have to beat up a doctor who gave a true autopsy report.

    Is any one safe in this country? .Is there any law and justice?Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 14, 2011 - 8:56PM

    You said “where did the police officer buy the liquor from ? ”
    Bizarre question,Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2011 - 3:31AM

    Doctor sahab was going against the national interest.Recommend

  • Romm
    Jun 15, 2011 - 10:20PM

    Doctor was Working as an Expert and Should not have Come on media, giving his Expert opinion thus, prejudiced the Findings of Commission. There is code of conduct, he should have adhered. he looked too ambitious thus such Treatment is Natural outcome.Recommend

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