The killings of doctors continued on Tuesday with the latest victim, Ashfaq Qazi, targeted in Malir 15.
Qazi, who was in his early 60s, practised as a dermatologist at his private clinic in Malir after retiring from Social Security Hospital (SSH) about two years ago. He graduated from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences in 1977.
The Pakistan Medical Association’s (PMA) Dr Mirza Ali Azhar who worked with Qazi for several years said: “He was a very pious and courteous man. His death is truly tragic.” Qazi’s death is part of a string of such murders over the last few weeks. “I can’t imagine what the fate of doctors will be in this jungle,” said the PMA’s Dr Idrees Adhi. He urged the IG to reconvene the coordination committee which acted as a good centre point for police and medical fraternity to deal with threats and extortion.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2012.