UK doctors remove bullet from Pakistani Ahmadi shot in the eye: Report

Published: November 6, 2012
Ummad Farooqi was shot during an ambush at his brother's wedding in Karachi. PHOTO: DAILY MAIL

Ummad Farooqi was shot during an ambush at his brother's wedding in Karachi. PHOTO: DAILY MAIL

Doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in UK successfully removed a bullet from the nose of a 22-year-old Pakistani Ahmadi who was shot in the eye earlier during an ambush at his brother’s wedding, reported Daily Mail on Tuesday.

Leading ear, nose and throat consultant Shahzada Ahmed removed the  bullet from Ummad Farooq on Sunday using a Cyclops – a new instrument that enables surgeon to see better and carry out operations quicker. The one-hour long operation saved Farooq’s eyesight.

Thanking the doctor who performed the surgery, Farooq said that doctors in Pakistan had said that the surgery was too risky so he came to the UK for treatment. “When I came here the bullet was still lodged just under my right eye causing double vision. But after surgery on Sunday I am seeing things much clearer now,” he told Daily Mail.

Farooq was studying finance at Sunderland University and flew back to Karachi for his brother Saad’s wedding. An ambush on family members at the wedding on October 19 left Saad dead while their father was hit by six bullets but survived.

Explaining the reason behind the ambush, Farooq said that his father was the president of the Ahmadi community in Karachi.

“My father still has five bullets lodged inside him, but is not in a critical condition. We were all moved to a safe house, and my community decided to fund my treatment in the UK,” he added.

Consultant Ahmed said that he had never used the Cyclops in this way and it was unique to remove a bullet through the nose. However, leaving the bullet inside indicated a possibility of Ummad going blind or the area becoming infected, he added.

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  • Peaceful onlooker
    Nov 6, 2012 - 6:11PM

    get the facts corrected …he was not ambushed during wedding….but in reality he alongwith his family were coming back from Jumaa prayers…and apparently their only sin was offering prayers and being member of ahmadi community… in this country one can not even offer prayers…..peacefully
    moreover the cousin whos marriage was attended by this man’s family was actually shot dead in this ambush….their crime….being ahmadi…..karachi has seen 8 ahmadis killed in one month..!!! first it was pathans, then shia community now ahmadis are getting killed… this islam……???


  • Usman
    Nov 6, 2012 - 6:16PM

    Farooq, my prayers are with you… I hope you get well soon InshaAllah!

    Being an Ahmadi, I know how hard its been for you, but just for the record there are still good people here in this world regardless they are ahmadis, sunnis or shia.

    And for those who do such violent acts, they will be answerable to Allah for their deeds. So you hang in there!

    Love for all, hatred for none!


  • HolierThanThough
    Nov 6, 2012 - 6:46PM

    Wah yaar… kia dunya hay.

    Be strong brother… May Allah bless you and may you recover to lead a happy life.

    From a Now Wajib-ul-qatal Sunni Muslim :)


  • Yasir
    Nov 6, 2012 - 6:49PM

    May you get well soon and may Allah protect you and your Family! God Bless You!!


    Nov 6, 2012 - 6:52PM

    @Peaceful onlooker:
    I am completely agreeing with you but would like to reply on, is this Islam. I don’t believe these people are either Muslims or Pakistanis. They are worst of their kind and too me their is no worse human on this living planet than these people. I hope that we Pakistanis can get rid of these evil people as quickly as possible. Their only job is to take money and kill and they don’t care who they kill. What their masters are clearly doing is to cause trouble in Pakistan and rift between its people.


  • Uza Syed
    Nov 6, 2012 - 7:15PM

    I am sorry and ashamed to hear about this tragedy and stand with our brother Ummad Farooq and the rest of the Ahmadi brothers and sisters in Pakistan. He goes home to attend wedding of his brother and gets shot and loses his brother simply because of his Faith. What a terrible thing to happen and how horrible a society we have become.


  • Ali
    Nov 6, 2012 - 8:12PM

    Appalling! I am from the majority of our country and oppose any kind of violence on any minority. Regardless of what any religious scholar thinks or says, the Ahmadi community are a part of our peoples, they should be allowed to practice their belief without fear and persecution… May Allah give you a speedy recovery and your family protection… so sorry to hear about your loss at these jahil people… Allah hum sab ko in logoN se bachaey, Ameen!


  • choclat85
    Nov 6, 2012 - 8:17PM

    Get Well soon Brother.


  • Amna
    Nov 6, 2012 - 8:30PM

    In our country its a sin to be Shia, Ahmedi, Bohri, Qadiyani, and Ismaili. Muslims killing muslims in the name of Allah calling them Kafir. Who nare Mullahs to call anybody a kafir? if one believes in Allah, Rasool and Quran nobody has a right to question their faith. Nobody has a right to kill anyone in the name of Allah or Islam.Recommend

  • Nitin Gandhi
    Nov 6, 2012 - 8:51PM

    Ahmedis are getting same Treatment as Baloch Peoples really sad


  • Other-side
    Nov 6, 2012 - 9:25PM

    by the way did anyone notice the bandage…. thats what you get from bullet shot… and compare that to Malala… food for thought


  • Faraz
    Nov 6, 2012 - 10:03PM

    Please stop bringing Malala into it, Mr-know-it-all. I can wear a bandage and pretend I was shot! Food for thought-having a bandage or not does not mean anything. If indeed it is a drama then they are not fools to forget the ‘bandage’. By the way, all her pictures I have seen have been with a bandage strapped to her head, maybe you need to be not biased.


  • worried
    Nov 6, 2012 - 10:10PM

    Get well soon brother, and sorry for the loss of your brother in that barbaric attack on your family simply due to your beliefs. As a fellow ahmadi I can feel the trauma you are going through. Please keep your strength high as your family would really need you now. Hope you get well and stay safe from barbarians bent upon murdering ahmadis and other minorities in Pakistan.


  • hurr
    Nov 6, 2012 - 11:13PM

    @other-side please stop being cynical and skeptic try to relate to the ground harsh realities in Pakistan don’t pass judgments and relate to this story only!


  • sohail
    Nov 6, 2012 - 11:33PM

    may Allah bless u a long life dear brother


  • Mehreen
    Nov 6, 2012 - 11:36PM

    Horrible. Best wishes and prayers for you – absolutely shocking; hope Pakistan grows up sometime soon.


  • nomi
    Nov 7, 2012 - 12:29AM

    The problem is not that the there are problems.

    The problem is that Pakistani, considers Pakistan more like Switzerland and deny everything.

    They love to get out of the country, but when asked as to why their country is in chaos, they say CIA, Mossad, Israel.

    No admission of extremism, crime, ill governance, corruption.

    How can you find solutions when you do not even want to see the problems.

    This syndrome is not limited to Pakistanis living in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Shahid Sultan
    Nov 7, 2012 - 2:29AM

    Get well soon dear brother Insha Allah.


  • FJ
    Nov 7, 2012 - 3:04AM

    @Peaceful onlooker: Only today 8 shias gunned down!


  • AllahRukha
    Nov 7, 2012 - 5:20AM

    Imagine if people can’t tolerate minorities saying prayers how would they tolerate women being educated, new schools being opened, foreigners investing in the country, music and above all a civilized society with everyone having the fundamental right of free speech and expression.


  • Polpot
    Nov 7, 2012 - 12:56PM

    Gross MisReporting
    The news is not the surgery but the shooting! ET pls educate yourself/.


  • m.b.f.h.
    Nov 7, 2012 - 1:35PM

    If only we have corruption free professionals the innocent citizens will sleep better. The carelessness of leaders from the citizen’s tragedies only bring to these leaders or their friends & family members closer to tragedy in their own life. The duties they sleep-on will one day come back to haunt them. We have seen that over and over in past. The crime you stop will sameday save your own life.


  • sarmad
    Nov 7, 2012 - 1:39PM

    I am totally agrred over your statement.. yes, having faith on Allah, Rasool and Quaran, no need to ask further from any muslim


  • sarmad
    Nov 7, 2012 - 1:42PM

    Farooq, get well soon my prayers are with u…


  • sick of this nonsense
    Nov 7, 2012 - 1:58PM

    wow. You passed the next level of stupidity.


  • sars
    Nov 7, 2012 - 4:37PM

    Genius. Dont worry hopefully when you get shot it will be with a big gaping hole and we wont put a bandage on it. Retard.


  • Babbi Butt
    Nov 7, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Get well soon! My prayers are with you and your family.


  • Nayla
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:12AM

    He has applied for asylum in the UK, hopefully it will be granted, and he can live somewhere where his life is not always at risk. Get well.


  • Fazal karim
    Nov 8, 2012 - 4:06AM

    People in pakistan are not intolerant in their nature. They are driven into this situation by corrupt politicians. In order to save their skins these politicians look for easy scapegoats and trigger hate on the basis of differences in the society. Such conduct creat frustration and make people to believe that so and so is the root of all evils. This is the time that people in pakistan should wake up and stand up against the real player.


  • wahab ahmed
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:37PM

    i was with me in ambulance when he was shoot… may Allha give u healthy life.


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