Swedish charity worker shot in Lahore

Published: December 3, 2012
Woman is reported to be a social worker who had been living in Pakistan for 35 years.

Woman is reported to be a social worker who had been living in Pakistan for 35 years.

LAHORE: A 70-year-old Swedish national was shot in the neck in the Model Town area of Lahore on Monday.

The lady, identified as Sister Bargeeta, has reportedly been living in Pakistan for the last 35 years and is a social worker who trains nurses.

The foreigner was severely injured and is currently being operated at the Jinnah hospital.

“A bullet hit her in the chest. We have treated her and she is improving now,” Ali Usman, a doctor at the hospital, told AFP.

According to initial details, the foreigner was sitting in her car when two unidentified armed men – riding a bike – fired at her.

Christian rights activists have strongly denounced attack saying that Sister Bargeeta was a non-political personality and has been teaching in Lahore for many years.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Council Member Nadeem Anthony said Sister Bargeeta is a very nice lady and has always been popular among her students and workers. Anthony said that the attack on her life was extremely deplorable and condemnable.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Mehmood
    Dec 3, 2012 - 3:56PM

    Jang news says she was Swiss, not Swedish.


  • angry bird
    Dec 3, 2012 - 4:07PM

    what’s going on in country??? everything beyond understanding!


  • Shamy
    Dec 3, 2012 - 4:15PM

    We need people like her. Can she be taken to the UK for treatment just like Malala ?


  • Nishant
    Dec 3, 2012 - 4:32PM

    ok so she was working as a social worker….and she got shot
    how about the array of “anti-social” workers in the city, who are corrupting young minds and spreading hatred ?
    who is going to shoot them ?


  • nicks
    Dec 3, 2012 - 4:39PM

    religion is whats happening in our country


  • Nadir
    Dec 3, 2012 - 4:44PM

    Lets blame CIA-RAW-Mossad or call her a foreign agent, that will make it a okay for thugs to go around shooting people.


  • Dec 3, 2012 - 4:59PM

    She was living in the country for 35 years and still not a citizen?


  • Fundar
    Dec 3, 2012 - 5:03PM

    What’s this!!!


  • Cynical
    Dec 3, 2012 - 5:28PM


    We DO NOT need people like her in our country. The people in this country do not deserve selfless individuals working for positive change. Foreign social workers are better off in their own countries. Its such a shame. NO ONE is safe in the country – shias, ahmedis and now foriegners. Wonder whose turn it is next.


  • Aryabhat
    Dec 3, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Talk about biting the hands that feed you! Poor lady was helping Pakistani society in most positive way she could and what she got in return?

    Reading at this and on report of a Christian man killed in Police customer makes me feel that may be it is time Europe, US and countries like Canada, Australia stop allowing Muslim Pakistanis to enter for settling down! If you treat foreigners and minorities this way, that is how you should be treated!


  • ahmed41
    Dec 3, 2012 - 6:05PM

    What makes a gunman shoot at defenseless women and children ?

    Is this a basis tenet of a holy war~~~in this case , neither war nor holy !!!

    And those who activated the gunman will NEVER be questioned ?Recommend

  • Zalim singh
    Dec 3, 2012 - 6:17PM

    @ Aryabhat

    they will complain of Islamophobia and intolerance in the west.Recommend

  • amanat
    Dec 3, 2012 - 6:43PM

    It is a very sad incident. I pray for her early recovery. This shows government’s and police failure to control the crimes in the province and the country at large. The culprits should be brought to book at the earliest.


  • Syed
    Dec 3, 2012 - 6:50PM

    hillary clinton admitted that when afghans were fighting soviets, they funded wahabi islam. look what its doing to our country now. wake up people before its too late. thousands of our citizens have been killed so wake up and do something about it.


  • nathan
    Dec 3, 2012 - 6:58PM



  • Asif hayat
    Dec 3, 2012 - 8:06PM

    O People let the Remaining Foreigners Stay in the This Country Peacefully.
    we shouldn’t be that intolerant.


  • v
    Dec 3, 2012 - 8:09PM

    Nice. Pakistan’s progress is nothing short of miraculous.


  • Tamoor Rindh
    Dec 3, 2012 - 8:10PM

    It is a very sad incident.. I pray for her early recovery….


  • Saleem
    Dec 3, 2012 - 8:55PM

    Let this be a lesson to anyone thinking of coming to or trying to help in a country with lots of Jahils and JungleesRecommend

  • Bulleh Shah
    Dec 3, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Its our turn..


  • Irfan
    Dec 4, 2012 - 12:23AM

    Its really a sad news but can please tell me everyone that all you guys become sad and raise your questions about Pakistan like what type of this Country, this country is so dangerous to live but no body wants to know the reality and real facts about the incident why he or she shot by someone, lots of people died in America and UK without any reason nobody said they christian they muslim they black …..the basic thing is that they all are human being and nobody allow to kill any body these are countries fault these all are people faults bcoz people make a country not country make people ok plz try to understand dont get emotional and aggressive very fast no one have the right to judge ok so plz try to understand the issue first then comments… if u have the the guts to say then plz say the right thing and try to choose the right word ……..bcoz this is the basic responsibility of every human being…..

    plz don’t mind
    plz think/……


  • Malachi
    Dec 4, 2012 - 12:48AM

    god will help her


  • skai
    Dec 4, 2012 - 2:38AM

    Most probably Jang and other don’t know the difference between Swiss and Swedish


  • skai
    Dec 4, 2012 - 2:45AM

    Just animals, sorry I should say worst than animals.


  • Charlie Darwin
    Dec 4, 2012 - 4:57AM

    Good to hear all comments denounce this savagery. All we hear about Pakistan is that the Taliban and other groups have the tacit support of the military and corruption prevents any justice being done. Obviously normal Pakistanis are as outraged and sick of this Islamic thuggery as we are…


  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Dec 6, 2012 - 5:28AM

    Another day another evil crime, looks like the Afghans are sending their agents to join Pakistani Taliban devils to create havoc in Pakistan.

    Afghani hate Pakistan and hold Pakistan not Russia or Iran or India for the destruction of Afghanistan.

    I know Afghanis in USA, they are praying for Pak India war and openly say they pray for destruction of Pakistan.

    Yet same people have houses in Peshawer and Islamabad and fly to Pakistan all the time.


  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Dec 6, 2012 - 5:30AM

    @Zalim singh:
    Pakistani men were recently shot in Dallas recently in front of their wives….google for it.

    You think this only happens in Pakistan?

    What about the Christian missionary family that was burnt alive in India by Hindu extremists.

    Google for that too.


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