Target killing: Doctor, son shot dead in Lahore

Dr Haider's uncle terms killing as sectarian.

Web Desk February 18, 2013
Dr Haider Ali died on the spot, while his son succumbed to injuries at a hospital. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

LAHORE: Unidentified gunmen shot dead Dr Syed Ali Haider and his 11-year-old son in the Gulberg area of Lahore on Monday, Express News reported.

According to eyewitnesses, the doctor was passing by the FC College at 8am when unidentified gunmen intercepted his car and opened fire at it.

Dr Haider died on the spot, while his son sustained injuries. The child succumbed to his wounds at a hospital.

The post mortem report stated that Dr Haider was shot six times in the head, while his son Murtaza was shot once in the head.

Dr Haider was a leading eye specialist and a consultant at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust (SKMT)

"This is a sectarian killing. Ali had no personal enmity," the doctor's uncle, retired Lahore High Court judge, Justice Syed Fazal Haider told Express News.

The police have initiated an investigation into the incident.

The Superintendent at the Model Town police station, Malik Owais cautioned against calling this an anti-Shia killing whilst investigations were still underway.

The head of SKMT and chief of Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf, Imran Khan condemned this killing.

“[It is] distressing to see professionals being killed along with their children. We cannot tolerate these brutal acts of terror,” Imran tweeted.

Dr Haider is survived by a wife, a son and a daughter.


Katty | 11 years ago | Reply

This is just to fuel more sectarian violence and thats it. I dont see any involvement of any other Muslim here. We have to realize and stand strong against "certain forces" who are against destabilizing Pakistan. Who are these forces, is a question yet to be answered!

Heena sheikh | 11 years ago | Reply It's the time when we Muslims need to be united eliminating this Sunni Shia FITNA from their hearts , minds n lives absolutely. We all have to face the biggest truth that our rulers and national security forces have been failed completely to provide their people with protection of their lives. This massacre is going on everywhere in Pakistan . So many innocent people have been victimised so far. The whole system needs to be revolutionised. I am totally shaken by the tragic death of doctor ali Haider and his adorable son . It's a shame that Pakistan has lost such a modest , intelligent, and the most kind doctor I had ever met in my life . My heart is bleeding over this cold blooded incident. Whoever is involved in this hideous crime should be executed. But doctor Ali and his son can never comeback. May Allah bless The Both Souls in peace . Ameen
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