Targeted attack: Shia doctor, son killed in Lahore

Published: February 19, 2013
Prof Dr Syed Ali Haider was driving his 12-year-old son to school when attacked.PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Prof Dr Syed Ali Haider was driving his 12-year-old son to school when attacked.PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE


In an apparent sectarian attack, a Shia doctor and his 12-year-old son was shot by unidentified men in Lahore on Monday.

Prof Dr Syed Ali Haider, Head of Ophthalmology Department Lahore General Hospital, died on the spot, while his son, Murtaza, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, according to the police.

Dr Ali Haider, who lived on Gulberg road, was dropping his son to school Monday morning when he was intercepted by two men on a motorcycle in the jurisdiction of the Gulberg police station.

SP Model Town Awais Malik, while talking to The Express Tribune, added that the men sprayed the victims with bullet. As a result, the doctor received six bullets to his face, head and other parts of his body, while his son Murtaza was shifted to the hospital, where he also died shortly after.

The police official said the attackers fled the scene after the shooting. He said that the incident seems to be a case of targeted killing, but added that the police would constitute a team to thoroughly investigate the incident.

Malik further said that according to the victims’ family, they did not have any enmity with anyone. Officials, however, said that the victims were targeted by members of a banned organisation. The police has shifted the victims’ bodies to a morgue for autopsy and have registered a case against the unidentified attackers.

A number of relatives, colleagues and politicians thronged Dr Ali Haider’s residence after hearing about the incident. They strongly condemned the incident and demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the murders. Police closed off the main Hali road, where the doctor resided.

The funeral prayers would be held today (Tuesday).

Prof Dr Syed Ali Haider was the son-in-law of late Dr Iftikhar Ali Raja, a neurologist of international fame, who was burned alive when a PIA Fokker aircraft caught fire immediately after take-off from Multan Airport in 2006.  “There is no doubt that this assassination is motivated by the sectarian prejudices as Dr Haider Ali like his parents-in-law believed in Fiqah Jafria,” said a family member of the deceased.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Dr Yasir Majeedv
    Feb 19, 2013 - 11:49AM

    Very very sad.
    Badluck for pakistan..
    A great loss for their family.


  • Dr Imran Khan
    Feb 20, 2013 - 9:20AM

    Attacks against Shia doctors have going on for years and unchecked them have spread to Lahore. Shia lawyer killed in Peshawar. The Government should step aside or stop this asap.


  • Maria
    Feb 20, 2013 - 1:03PM

    we have known him since 10 years never ever seen a doctor like him… he was such a great great great man… humbleness was his other name…it is so painful to use the word WAS for him. He is a great great great great guy and that is the thing. the assassination is so shocking and painful… i met him 2 weeks ago n he was so alive laughing talking.. n never knew would not see him again..whereas i was planning to go to him soon… the kid saw him last month at his clinic laughing smiling in green shirt… i dont have words to console.. the family who has lost the son the grandson the hsband the father… can never b recovered…. the patients he treated …. he is not to be forgetted at all… Heart was bursting with pain when i saw Dr’s father crying with his hands foldeed as if he was saying that Ya Allah ye zulm!!! and that father’s painful sob would be treated by Allah… Miss him and would never Forget Dr Ali Haider never ever Allah unko janat ul firdous mei jagah dey … there is no match for him his sincerity for his professions and pateints…nowadays such sinceity n dedication n love for his patients is missing and he was the one i find this in him… AWESOME PERSON HE WAS!!!!!!!!!!!!! cant belive he is gone:(


  • drshaukat ali
    Feb 20, 2013 - 2:02PM

    it was most terrible news for me that the angel like human being dr ali haider had been gunned down. i could not believe in my hearing or that it was dr ali haider, but unfortunately it was true.
    , it was moon of lahore, the true messiha of the people, dr ali haider. he was unique in the medical field, loving spirit, and the most beatiful person ever i saw. i can not believe in his death, he bore a smiling face for his patients, he was a symbol of mercy to the world, i think he would appear from his room bearing a smiling face, Alas, it is the murder of entire human community, as i never heard any thing about sect, otherwise he knew the sects of his patients, could any soul replace dr ali haider, i dont think so, Allah sent him as a mercy to the people of pakistan but our people wasted this blessing with own hands. some time i speak to dr ali in my isolation to come back to this world, the world of miseries to serve the human being. O my God, send him back once to give a smile”’ may Allah bless his spirit and bless his family. Ameen


  • M.A. Khan
    Feb 20, 2013 - 5:55PM

    dear Maria i can understand the feeling, ALLAH unko JANAT UL FIRDOS me allaa muqan ataa farmae, Maria nw v cn just pray for her departed sould and for their brave family


  • Heena sheikh
    Feb 20, 2013 - 10:03PM

    Ina llilahe wa inah alihe rajioon. Doctor Ali Haider …. my heart is bleeding. I was in Pakistan in 2011 and he examined my mum n operated on her eyes. I have never met such a humble , polite and a kind doctor in my whole life. Alas ! Pakistani people have lost him, an angel in disguise he was. Words can’t bring him back into this world but he will always be there in our memories. May Allah give sabar to Mrs Ali n family in this difficult time. Oh Allah bless him with peace . Ameen .
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  • Tahir Hafeez
    Feb 23, 2013 - 7:27PM

    So sad to hear about this loss. He was a great asset of our country and one of the finest doctors I ever met! Alas, what can we do, another gem of my country gone without any reason!
    It is so painful to see this happening!


  • Hania
    Feb 23, 2013 - 10:15PM

    it is not about ”shia” or ‘suni’ .The thing is that an innocent MUSLIM is killed.We have to fight agaInst this situation together.It’s time for us to be united as MUSLIMS.


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