Doctor admits playing role in Lahore attacks

Published: July 27, 2010
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Screen capture of the CCTV footage from the Jinnah Hospital attack.

Screen capture of the CCTV footage from the Jinnah Hospital attack.

A detained doctor has confessed playing the role of facilitator in four suicide attacks in Lahore, sources said on Monday. He also admitted having facilitated the terrorists who attacked the hospital to free or kill a comrade who was injured in the May 28 attack in Model Town.

Sources revealed that Dr Ali Abdullah had been involved in two suicide attacks in Model Town and one in R A bazaar. Investigators are keeping mum about the fourth suicide attack because they fear that any such information would compromise their on-going investigation.

On July 10, sleuths from the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) detained Dr Abdullah in connection with his alleged links with the assailants who attacked Jinnah Hospital on May 31.

Dr Abdullah also revealed the names of professors who taught him medicine, religious studies and managed his training during his degree at Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) in  Lahore.

While pursuing his medical degree, Abdullah reportedly said he had received armed training in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The source of his inspiration came in the form of lectures delivered by Professor Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, allegedly a pioneer of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JD).

Data obtained from the medical college shows that Chaudhry, a professor of medicine, has been teaching at the institution since 2005. Professor Chaudhry is also the chief warden of the AIMC hostel for boys.

Between the years 2005 and 2010, Abdullah was the nazim of the Islami Jamiat Taleba (IJT). Sometime during this period he was given training at the JD’s  armed wing, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

JD sources have told The Express Tribune that Chaudhry is the person who laid the foundations of JD, LeT, Markaz Dawat-ul-Irshad and is now working as the president of JD’s medical wing Muslim Medical Mission (MMM). They said that Chaudhry’s responsibility is to prepare the young from various universities and particularly from medical institutions for supporting militants.

Intelligence sources maintain that Abdullah, along with other students, was sent to attend JD’s medical camps under the MMM platform in various cities.

Sources further said that they had informed the authorities concerned to take action against Chaudhry.

AIMC principal Dr Javeed Akram told The Express Tribune that “Professor Chaudhry was brought from Lahore General Hospital to AIMC by his predecessor principal Professor Khurram Manzoor.”

He admitted the presence of JD’s wing in AIMC which was working under the MMM.

“Professor Chaudhry was the chief warden of the AIMC and has strong affiliations with the leader of JD’s chief Hafiz Saeed,” Akram added.

Chaudhry told The Express Tribune that “MMM was established and registered last year and its first annual conference was held at the Agricultural University Islamabad”. He insisted that the association is working legally having been registered by the Punjab government

According to him, some 2,000 doctors, including his pupils, were working as volunteers under the MMM.

Though he admitted that Abdullah was his pupil and often attended religious events at the AIMC, he denied having ever sent Abdullah for training to Azad Kashmir.

“Dr Abdullah organised different religious events in hostels after obtaining permission from me. As chief warden of the hostel, I have to regularly attend religious events,” Chaudhry said. As nazim of the IJT, he said, Dr Abdullah had no relations with the JD.

Dr Abdullah’s father Dr Sarfraz, who is the additional medical superintendent of the Services Hospital, told The Express Tribune that Capital City Police Officer Aslam Tareen, contacted him last year and assured him that his son was not in the custody of the Lahore Police.

Sarfraz added that after Tareens’ statement he had decided to move to the Lahore High Court.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (59)

  • Qamar
    Jul 27, 2010 - 1:57AM

    Ironically Let, JUD is a cancer for Pakistan as it is and was the consistent policy for external affairs like Taliban in Afghanistan and Indian Mujahideen in India, but now engulfing their own people. Self destruction button is on and count down starts until and unless people of Pakistan have to cut the red wire of extremism and terrorism. Fed by different Islamic countries who are in state of mind to hijack the Islamic ideology of Pakistan and imposed their version of Islam ref. Saudi Arabia. Idiocracy at its best….Recommend

  • faraz
    Jul 27, 2010 - 2:23AM

    This terrorist should be hangedRecommend

  • Shahid Qadri
    Jul 27, 2010 - 3:11AM

    All these facts, presented in this article, clears our mind that how terrorist are attacking urban centers. In every walk of life and in every institution, there are a few patrons of militants. May Allah almighty save our country from these criminals/terrorists.Recommend

  • Jul 27, 2010 - 3:11AM

    Once a few of the actual perpetrators and their supporters are hanged in Qaddafi Stadium (and the next of kin of terrorism victims exact revenge on the families of such murderous people) only then will some of these secret supporters of terrorism learn a lesson.

    IMRANRecommend

  • Hasan
    Jul 27, 2010 - 4:35AM

    These terrorists are not illiterates form madrassas but highly educated and well respected in society. Who can you trust?Recommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jul 27, 2010 - 5:01AM

    @ Imran Anwar – why on earth these deranged people who are ready to blow themselves and take countless others with them be scared of being hanged to death…?? And hanging them at Qaddafi stadium will make more of the martyr of these thugs.. Simply, eliminate them quietly and without much fanfare.Recommend

  • babar amjad
    Jul 27, 2010 - 6:51AM

    sadly,the forever in denial,eyes wide shut population of ours will believe this to be all lies,all deception,all the work of kafir,yahoodi agents.

    Our problem has been & is that our mass media hasn’t confronted this mindset,that claims that all of the terrorism is the work of outsiders,that nobody does anything wrong in the land of the pure.

    Such mentality is not only limited to the illeterate or rural segment of the population but is to be found in abundance in all of our socalled elite universities & shockingly amongst the Alevels crowd also,who might follow the academic curriculum of the rational & intelligent type but whose own minds are as closed to rational & critical questioning as the ones living in the caves.Recommend

  • Singh
    Jul 27, 2010 - 9:09AM

    Except Qamar everybody write kneejerk reaction. Only way to peaceful life is turn your nation into the dream of your founding father Mr. Jinah. Seperate religion & state. religion should be ones own choice. And state should be for welfare of its citizenry. No other way. Close all Madrasa for education. Education must be 21st century. Madrasa for religous learning, should not have any value for civil job. Say thanks to saudi for their wahabi belief. For century people of this region follows sufism (The Peaceful way of life in Islam). Even I am Sikh but still have great love for sufi saint. Please step forward, stretch your fist & take back your religion & Nation from satan taliban, extremist & double face leaders.Recommend

  • noor
    Jul 27, 2010 - 9:35AM

    DOCTOR DEATH… what makes an educated man,,, with powers of healing support MASS KILLERS..Recommend

  • Mohammad Bilal
    Jul 27, 2010 - 11:08AM

    We must condemn this ideology and not refer it with Islam. This is their interpretation which is baseless and doesn’t coincide with our religion. The time has come to step in and condemn this issue on the ideology level.Recommend

  • Rashid Saleem
    Jul 27, 2010 - 12:07PM

    This story proves that indoctrination is not limited to Madrasah’s now per the common believe. One of the most renowned medical colleges of the country is serving as the extremist factory. This is a point of concern for authorities and think tanks.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jul 27, 2010 - 12:21PM

    Its about time that we banned religion from state institutions. Religion is a personal matter and it should never interfere with the functioning of state.

    No religious or political organization should have state support within an education or medical institution. People should be free to join religion or political organizations but they shouldn’t be allowed to hold recruiting events inside schools, medical colleges and hospitals. If you want to join sunni tehreek or mqm or anp then all events must happen outside the premises of state institutes.

    Even the teaching islamiat should be secularised within schools. Sectarian riots and violence has been going on in Pakistan simply over disputes over which variant of islam should be taught in schools.

    Its about time that we build Pakistan on rational fundamentals. Recommend

  • Noor Hussain
    Jul 27, 2010 - 12:30PM

    Word Islam Stands for safety for all.
    Let us think…..
    Why we are putting all the religious obligations under carpet for temporary gains or aspirations?
    Why we are secluding ourself from the Socity & ignoring…..
    ” Live & let the others live”? Recommend

  • Dost Mohammad
    Jul 27, 2010 - 12:52PM

    O Misguided Doctors!
    Hatred is not preached by “Healers”.
    We consider you our “Saviours” not the followers of Satan.
    You are our “Messiahs”, what turned you into becoming Murderers?
    Look in your hearts, think hard, follow the true teachings of this great religion of peace and you will inevitably live up to the noble reputation of your profession.Recommend

  • Farukh Sarwar
    Jul 27, 2010 - 1:15PM

    A doctor’s mission is to save human lives, not to facilitate terrorists in carrying out their activities; this incident revealed important information regarding others in this notorious business.Recommend

  • Tony Khan
    Jul 27, 2010 - 1:30PM

    Separate religion from state affairs, follow Jinnah’s vision. The constitution of Pakistan should have no mention of religion. Religion is a private affair between God and man, the state has nothing to do with it.
    These steps will make us better Muslims. We will be able to obey God’s commandments and serve humanity without the state’s interference.
    And as a bonus we will get rid of all religio-political organizations who consider themselves the guardian of our religion.Recommend

  • Arif
    Jul 27, 2010 - 1:41PM

    Please separate religion from politics and state matters as religion for only human being not for state or soilRecommend

  • Sheik Sarmad
    Jul 27, 2010 - 2:07PM

    We shall start from condemning people around us who favour these ideologies. We have to isolate them in our drawing rooms. They thrive on the oxygen that is pumped from our drawing rooms and TV channels, boycott those channels and parties that favour their ideologies.Recommend

  • Shahzad
    Jul 27, 2010 - 3:09PM

    It comes to my knowledge yesterday, that many Imam in Frontier have been arrested during operation, who was at their post last 20-30 years and it shows that they were hindu. We are attacked by all this conspiracies last 20 years by hindu. It is very important to check all these Imam and owners of Madrassah, that those people are muslim and not huindu. Recommend

  • Qirat
    Jul 27, 2010 - 3:23PM

    IJT and its parent organization were against the creation of Pakistan. They did not support Jinnah, in fact they ridiculed him.
    If anyone has any doubt or does not know his history, for a quick lesson should refer to the Government of Punjab publication known generally as Munir Commission Report (google it).
    Today, IJT and its parent organization do not condemn suicide bombing, they support violent Jihad and believe that Islam can be spread by force.
    The above are hard facts which have to be expressed to save our nation from destruction. Recommend

  • Shafa Ullah Butt
    Jul 27, 2010 - 3:44PM

    Actually we can only blame ourselves. The governments who are suppose to keep a check on these activities and who can educate people for not supporting such elements do not have time to nip this evil and where does governments come from?

    We the people of this holy land who vote and bring these governments in power; and its no body else but people among us who help them with money & resources

    So what goes around shall come aroundRecommend

  • Asif Khan
    Jul 27, 2010 - 3:55PM

    For what the government and law and enforcement agencies waiting for after confession. He should be hanged openly. If we have to finish this cancer from our country. Immediate punishment and no jail. Jail cost would be save. Like there are lot of thief and robbers in jail, if our law enforcement cut their hands and free them see how much cost of police would be save.Recommend

  • Ashiq
    Jul 27, 2010 - 4:00PM

    Now it is clear that LET and Jamat ut Dawa is the two faces of a coin. so if govt is serious to eradicate terrorism than it chief Hafiz Saeed should be investigated fairly he is also involved in mmumbai attacks.Recommend

  • Taimoor balooch
    Jul 27, 2010 - 5:51PM

    i m too much confused to read ths . wat happened in our society. we have to change our thinking . we all are muslims and we prove all over the global world that muslims is not a ideology of terrorist organization .no doubt islam is way of peace.may Allah help us.Pakistan Zindab.Recommend

  • Wajid
    Jul 27, 2010 - 6:21PM

    This is very sad that people start believing what ever is published without any evidence.

    LeT has worked in Kashmir and they openly admit that.

    But JD and LeT have never ever done any such thing within Pakistan and this is integral part of their policy.

    Please get in touch with JD people and get their views on this and do NOT jump into conclusion and start hanging any one without any proofs.Recommend

  • Bibi
    Jul 27, 2010 - 7:34PM

    It is not just the injured terrorist or the doctor who facilitated his rescuers but each and every person who was involved in providing the misplaced ideological platform, the training, the planning and the execution of all these terror attacks, should be brought to justice as soon as possible. Our country cannot afford to have more minds being poisoned, more suicide attackers wreaking havoc in the streets, more blood being spilled . . . all in the name of Islam. Recommend

  • Muntazir
    Jul 27, 2010 - 8:39PM

    The way forward is to separate the state from religion.
    Were we less Muslims under the British raj? Sir Iqbal, Azad and Sir Syed prospered in the raj. The foundation stone of the Deoband school building was laid by an English Lieutenant Governor.
    The state should ensure religious freedom for every citizen and apart from this has nothing to with an individuals religion adherence. Islam has prospered in the last 1450 years and will rise to new heights in the coming years.
    Pakistanis, we must separate religion and state. Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jul 27, 2010 - 9:03PM

    I could not believe that even a Doctor can be a terrorist?

    So now with so many people included in the terrorists list, such Doctors will also be included in the terrorist list.Recommend

  • @nsari
    Jul 27, 2010 - 9:22PM

    After Reading this News, i personaly feel that they got nothing from Dr, and now they r going to free him (Dr), but with marked character, to demolish him ethically in society. Recommend

  • rifak
    Jul 27, 2010 - 10:44PM

    What has LET, JD and JI done for Kashmir.
    Kashmir, since 1980 has lost 100,000 sons to violence, there are 45,000 widows and countless orphans.
    Indian Muslims practice their religion without hindrance, Kashmiris can do the same if violence is toned down.
    Kashmir should have been a part of Pakistan being a majority Muslim state. Fate had something else in store. We should all reflect what to do next? We should not allow LET, JD and JI continue a bloody proxy Jihad. Lets give peace a chance.Recommend

  • Yusaf Khan
    Jul 27, 2010 - 10:55PM

    IJT should be banned and its present leadership put in jail for a very very long time. They are nothing but a bunch of thugs. The punjab government needs to deal with this WITH A FIRM HAND.Recommend

  • Mustafa Jamal
    Jul 28, 2010 - 12:00AM

    IJT and JI are bad news for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Tariq Malik
    Jul 28, 2010 - 12:18AM

    The religious parties have hijacked Jinnah’s Pakistan. Pre-partition they were with All India Congress and now they are with Taliban.Recommend

  • M Mustafa
    Jul 28, 2010 - 9:54AM

    As long as the mis-guided religious groups use force to win hearts and minds, we will remain doomed.
    Islam spread in the sub-continent not via terror training camps in tribal areas, but through well-meaning, God fearing persons who were an example of humility and service to mankind.
    Please wage Jihad on education in Pakistan through books and pens and shun your Ak47s and hand gernades. Recommend

  • Saif
    Jul 28, 2010 - 2:30PM

    Two things:

    Religion can never be separated from state in Pakistan, since it has become the part of our culture and culture can not be denied!

    Second: JuD is not a terrorist organization, but is an anti-India organization, just like Shiv Sena of India.

    Case closed!Recommend

  • junaid
    Jul 28, 2010 - 4:55PM

    as far as JUD z concerned im not sayin anything, but that person u see there was a senior fellow of mine…. a brilliant student,kindhearted… i would never belive he could comitt such awful thingzzz… i dnt believe wat they say abt him and i wont….Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jul 28, 2010 - 4:57PM

    as Islam also allows eye for eye and life for life. I don’t want to desire but have to wish that people who lost their brothers, fathers, sons in these suicidal attacks also go after the lives of the families and loved ones of this doctor and other similar and their mentors.

    Then they would be introduced to the Islam of other side which they really need very much.Recommend

  • Hammad
    Jul 28, 2010 - 5:11PM

    Between the years 2005 and 2010, Abdullah was the nazim of the Islami Jamiat Taleba (IJT).

    Huh?

    They are real terrorist working under the umbrella of a political setup.Recommend

  • Malk Muhd Hsn
    Jul 28, 2010 - 5:20PM

    This is very dangerous situation that there are thousands of such doctors.
    What is our police doing
    Prevention is important
    Please make arrestsRecommend

  • Asaad
    Jul 28, 2010 - 7:09PM

    People please realize their are more Muslims in India than in Pakistan. Why is JuD an anti-India organization? Organizations like JuD and Shiv Sena should be banned. Enough blood has flown, lets give peace a chance.

    Islam does not allow an eye for an eye and a life for a life. Islamic prescribes a justice system which takes care of such affairs and no person or persons are allowed to take law in their own hands. The Torah allows an eye for an eye… Recommend

  • Jul 28, 2010 - 9:12PM

    It is happy news that most of us pakistanis have started thinking beyond conspiracy theories even if Indian RAW fed rebellion in Bangladesh or in Balochistan still Pakistan shall not seek destruction in India between Kashmir is for kashmiris no one need to worry. However if India usurps our water Pakistan shall face them because its for people of Pakistan and not for Funky Mullahs. Recommend

  • Basit Babar
    Jul 29, 2010 - 12:32AM

    Political parties and religious organizations should be separate. Politics leads to governance and religion leads to God and never the twain shall meet.Recommend

  • Arshad
    Jul 29, 2010 - 12:43AM

    The problem with terrorists is that they are never apprehended. For once this one has been caught and he has confessed, so now what is the problem. Blacken his face put him on a donkey facing backward and give him a ride around the town. Then bring him to the Gadafi stadium and let the people stone him to death after skinning him alive. Believe me nobody will sympathise with terrorists after seeing such a scene. If it was the reign of Hazrat Umar, this criminal would have been dealt with in the same very way or may be in an even more sterner way. God protect us from these enemies of humanity.Recommend

  • Bibi
    Jul 29, 2010 - 10:54AM

    @Arshad
    Stoning to death is un-Islamic, its not mentioned in the holy Quran for any crime. It is a punishment from the Torah.
    You cut a diamond with a diamond, but you deal with God’s most superior creation in a different way. The terrorist if proven guilty should be punished, but not in the inhuman way you have proposed. Recommend

  • s faisal
    Jul 29, 2010 - 11:28AM

    these criminals not be hanged but their feet,hands,one eye be cut then be taken to his home this will give lesson to all who see them.even his family be detained for time to time for why they were not informing authorities about his motto if they know.helping criminals be bring to the same catagory.Recommend

  • Rahmat Bano
    Jul 29, 2010 - 12:03PM

    If guilty, they should be punished. But, please do not propose sadistic punishments.Recommend

  • Arshad
    Jul 29, 2010 - 6:48PM

    @Bibi
    We are all normal human beings and have compassion. We would like to deal with humans in a normal way, but how do you deal with a beast who knows no human values. Paying criminals in the same coin is only Islamic. Soft and compromising attitude towards criminals is the single most valid reason for encouragement and spread of crime in the society, in various forms and under various pretexts and manifestations.Recommend

  • M. Salim
    Jul 29, 2010 - 7:47PM

    In the not too distant future you will hear that this terrorist Doctor has been released due to lack of evidence or witnesses – Maulana Azar, amongst others, being a classic example….Recommend

  • Disappointed
    Jul 29, 2010 - 11:02PM

    Our country can come out of this chaos only when we will understand the basic meaning of Islam…That is to love and to be loved…
    Rather than spreading terror, hate and killing innocents…….
    Almost 95% religious parties are either involved in hate campaigns or are helping such people…..
    Wake up Pakistan….To act upon Islam you need to get guidance from Islam only…not from these misguiding so called “scholars”……..Recommend

  • MUB AHMED
    Jul 30, 2010 - 3:19AM

    If our media is bringing these dangerous mullahs all the time to give their opinion about solution of pakistan anarchy then we cant never be right,behind the sceene these are the one training young people to kill innocents people.
    If this is religion then we dont need this type of religion,i dont think this is islam.it is a well known extremist group in Pakistan and they have been trapping young students from villages and towns to become their members and then using them for their dirty objectives.
    Even in students they always kept arms in their pockets and killed those who disagree with them. They are source of trouble in our country. They should be neutralised asap.
    Recommend

  • Jul 30, 2010 - 2:49PM

    Even then Punjab high court court will release him…Recommend

  • Shahbanoo Amer
    Jul 30, 2010 - 3:00PM

    The universities have to be cleaned from Islami Jamiat Taleba (IJT). They are the ones who are providing the grounds for other militants to take root on the campuses. And they themselves are no less militant, recently they killed a student in Peshawar university because he was listening to music. This organization has deep roots on campuses and many professors are on its payroll, all over pakistan, this group is biggest and most organized mafia in university campuses.Recommend

  • Jul 31, 2010 - 2:19PM

    I am thankful to my friend who sent me this column in Tribune. My mind fails to comprehend that profession who saves lives coiuld be invoved in killing innocent people and still claim to be musalmans. How can this possible that we have 2000 medical person in this killing trade. Now the chapter is open all these should be brought to justice and minimum sentence should be sent gallows in open place so these kind of groups should never dare to think of such crimes.
    In future universities should have thorough scrutiny as.ISSB as it is with the selection of Army Cadets or more severe. F RehmanRecommend

  • faheem
    Aug 1, 2010 - 12:34AM

    refering to Rashid Saleem crazy idea of medical institutions producing terrorists just proves that He has no brains…its just as if he will say pakistan family system is producing terrorist because these terrrorists were definitely born in some family for sure!!!!!!!nuts…..its the personal choice of a person n had nothing to do with an esteemed institution….Recommend

  • Dr Imran Aheer
    Aug 1, 2010 - 2:48PM

    Well ! ‘ve said enough.
    Abdullah was quite an intelligent guy and a brilliant doctor.
    He had never been involved in any such activity.. these are just rumors and propaganda against him to prove him guilty.
    God bless us all.
    Terrorist are fiends of none.
    India is behind all these terrorist activities and we are blaming JD which is strongly against india.
    i never heard od DR ZAFAR chaudhry delivering any lectures on jihad or any other stuff…..he is only running his medicine ward quite nicely and is seen in hostels during allotment. Recommend

  • Egregious khan
    Aug 1, 2010 - 4:29PM

    regrettfully, what a shamelees role media is playing in hands of intelligence agencies.
    media is doing only the character assisination of the people
    if they are criminals , why they are not being interrogated and the detained doctor is not being produced before any competent authority of legislation like police and courts.
    it is requested to the reporter that , he should write in lawful way that detained should be produced before courts and police , where they should admit thier guilties , until that do not play a negative role. by the sake of God , do not promote YELLOW JOURNALISM, it is alredy working in pak.
    only media is institution where there is no code of ethics, write about this, do nt play with the modesty of innocent people for the sake of some rupees. Recommend

  • Ali Zaidi
    Aug 3, 2010 - 12:12AM

    This story reminds me of an old joke, that I first heard off Umer Sharif I believe, where a king having lost his most precious pet deer in the woods asks for help from Police departments internationally.

    When all others have failed, the Pakistani Police come out of the woods in no time leading out a very bruised-looking elephant, who is publicly announcing that he indeed is the deer in question.

    Haan haan, mein he woh hiran hoon!Recommend

  • Zeeshan Ahmed
    Aug 4, 2010 - 11:16PM

    Assalam alaikum
    Brothers and sisters we must listen to both sides before commenting anyone. Jamat ud Dawa is an organization that is working a lot for the betterment of our country.

    Rescue to the flooded Area people
    Rescue operations in the Earthquake (Azad Jamu and Kashmir)
    Dawa Model Schools in the country
    Hurmat e Rasool (P.B.U.H) Conferences for the awareness of people about the right of our prophet on us.
    Support to All Muslim communities around the world. It is the organization that speaks for their rights.
    Call people to the righteous path i.e. Quran and Sunnah
    Zionists don’t want popularity of such kind of organizations. That is why they try to attack on the character of Heads of such org.

    I am sure this kind of criminal activity can not be done by this org. I want that the gov. should investigate properly to catch the original culprits. Recommend

  • Aug 15, 2010 - 8:46AM

    Correction in spelling.
    I found a mistake in spelling. The sentence is written again with correct spelling…….”God is All Knowing and All Powerful”Recommend

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