Abbasi Shaheed doctor gunned down by unidentified men

Published: March 19, 2013
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Unidentified men shot at Dr Usman and a guard who sustained injuries. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Unidentified men shot at Dr Usman and a guard who sustained injuries. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: Assistant professor of medicine in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Dr Asad Usman was shot dead in Nazimabad on Tuesday, reported Express News.

Unidentified men shot at Dr Usman and a guard on Tuesday afternoon. Injuired, they were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Dr Usman was pronounced dead by doctors.

Dr Usman served in the medical ward of the same hospital.

Family, police and other personnel are reaching the hospital for investigation.

A number of intellectuals and activists have recently been targeted in the city.

On Monday, 54-year-old professor Syed Sibte Jafar Zaidi was shot dead while he was on his way home to Khamosh Colony on a motorcycle. The shooting took place around 200 metres from the Government Degree Science College in Karachi, on Monday.

Last week, social worker Perveen Rehman also lost her life in a targeted killing by unidentified men. She was a long-time director of the renowned Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) and was gunned down in the Pakthunabad neighbourhood of Karachi, on March 14.

Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly said that Dr Asad Usman was the Medical Superintendent of the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The error is regretted.

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  • ali khan
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:18PM

    Sunni Genocide!

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  • Azeem Aslam
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:20PM

    The tears are dried now, we have to defeat our fear and stand against “Unidentified Persons”
    Media Knows who is that but media also fears to be the part of “Perveen, Sibt and Usman”
    At the end of day nobody will be saved.

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  • What?!
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:22PM

    WHAT MADNESS!!!! another prefessional killed!!! what do these people want? a country full of bandits?!?!

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  • juni
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:22PM

    brutality at its peak in pakistan……………

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  • Nadir
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:22PM

    One by one.

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  • another ordinary citizen
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:23PM

    inna lilahi wainna ilahi rajeoon
    a SUNNI target killing may be ? nah call it another “political murder” coz he wasnt shia.
    i am sure if he was SHIA then this comments thread would be flooded with Shia genocide.
    When will we gonna accept that they are against US all ? or blame each other saying shia died or a sunni died

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  • Omer
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:29PM

    Sunni Genocide

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  • Imdad Ali Shah-Dubai
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:31PM

    A very sad news! It reminds me of my own father Dr.(Capt) Sarfaraz Ali Shah, E.N.T surgeon at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital who was gunned down on night of 11 July 1995 while coming back home from his clinic Hanif Hospital.

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  • Muhammad Usama Aziz
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:33PM

    Why not the news say a Sunni doctor killed?
    If he was a shia, then definitely his sect would have been mentioned!!

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  • Imdad Ali Shah-Dubai
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:34PM

    A very sad news indeed, reminds me of my late father Dr(Capt) Sarfaraz ALi Shah E.N.T surgeon at Abbasi Shaheed hospital, who was also gunned down in 1995 while returning back from Hanif hospital.

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  • ahmed
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:42PM

    How startling is to see the remarks of my friends. For Allah sake please come out of these divides amongst yourself and hurting you most now is sectarian divides – every life lost is human live with blood circulating and heart beat on in same fashion, no difference at all. The day we understand importance of humans, this problem will eliminate

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  • M@NI
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:47PM

    Really a sad news, but ET should not label shia/sunni, because this is not sectarian violance

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  • Syed
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:51PM

    @Muhammad Usama Aziz:
    Also just think about it and do the research how many Shia Doctors have been killed since 1990 like that.So, if you are educated person your thinking process should keep all the facts in front of you.

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  • Mj
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:00PM

    Unjust killings are deplorable, but the killing of a highly-educated person is a magnitude bigger loss.

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  • neutrino
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:14PM

    Sunni genocide…. (or shall we stop ourselves from spelling out any sect) 8/10 people killed in karachi are sunnis.

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  • O2
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:14PM

    had he been a shia, ET would have written it in bold letters! Only Pakistanis are being killed! May Allah bless his soul, ameen.

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  • pak patriot
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:15PM

    I appeal to give some protection to these doctors who are saving lives.it is the need of time.

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  • Stranger
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:15PM

    Its not genocide its stupidity.Killing trained professionals is illogical. Though its not correct, I can understand killing unemployed uneducated people of a certain community but doing away with educated productive people belonging to any faith is ultimately a huge loss to the nation. I am sure that this doctor never asked anyone’s faith before performing surgeries.

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  • karachi 5
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:18PM

    Wake up pakistanis or we all will be killed. May be a retaliation by some nuts of opposite sect.

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  • Insane
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:23PM

    Is there any Government anywhere? What are the law agencies doing? Systematic murders of intellectuals in the city and no one seems to care. Where are we headed??

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  • Polpot
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:28PM

    This is so sad that words fail….
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    there is a death wish among the terrorists….

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  • Adnan
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:28PM

    @Omer:
    @another ordinary citizen:
    Come on people and especially our religious leaders and media, we are playing into the hands of our enemy. The kill one Shia and next day a Sunni, the important issue is that all killed are humans, middle class, bread earners of their family. We should stop chanting slogans like Shia/ Sunni genocide. Shia and Sunni are living peacefully in our neighbourhoods they want to break our unity. Please stop spreading the hate!!!!

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  • Z.Khan
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:29PM

    When nation as whole becomes deaf to such atrocities then nothing special happens. Being a nation since long we are dead so such incident just attracts two column news for a while until next incident props up. Shortsighted so called leadership elite is busy only in trading the next round of election. So is the fate of this nation. God also does not change the state of affair unless nation itself rises and intents to do so.

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  • Saba Fatima ALi
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:36PM

    As I ve heard he was being targeted by the Bhata Mafia group. I am a shia and I am deeply saddened by the news. Every life sunni or shia is precious and no one should be killed at the hands of extremists, But please dont make it a shia sunni debate. Targeted shia killing has been going on for much longer then you ve read in the papers. People being given threats just on the basis of being called “shia and then being shot. Thats what they receive threats for specifically. In the name of sect. And just VERY recently the media has started giving light to it. After the mass burials in Quetta. Otherwise it was going un noticed too. So please dont be against that:) you do not know how hard it is to live with the fear of the safety of our fathers and brothers each day. Its just a humble request.,No accusation. No blame game. But i definitely agree they are against us all and we need to fight this together.

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  • Syed Rizvi
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:55PM

    @ ali khan, @another ordinary citizen, @neutrino, @O2 when you kill someone on his belief, or being part of certain place / community/ party this action is known as targeted killing. apparently Shias are on the receiving end CEOs, Doctors, Professors are being targeted.
    Now a man has been killed and you guys are jumping on a band wagon because he belong’d to a non-shia background (it seems like you guys are happy) i pity on you! even in this situation you are discriminating giving meaningless stats (how many xyz are killed). you have no idea what genocide is !! ask Hazara ppl how it feels like to loose a family (everything)… so guys think before you type and stop this bashing and start to unite. Or you all know about Martin Niemoller’s poem

    First they came for the communists and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist….

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  • Jim
    Mar 19, 2013 - 4:03PM

    Meantime Pakistan wants to pass resolutions on Afzal Guru and provide support to Kashmiris in India who are leading a far less fearful life than Karachiites. When will you wake up, Pakistan?

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  • Haider
    Mar 19, 2013 - 4:13PM

    As a Shia. Totally condemns this brutal killing.

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  • qamar kazmi
    Mar 19, 2013 - 4:20PM

    I feel sorry for his family May allah grant him a place in jannat Inshallah. Dr usman was not killed because of his sect please do some research before speaking?

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  • Ayesha
    Mar 19, 2013 - 4:40PM

    why all of you start blaming ET every time ? the word shia genocide is used every where , ET didnt invent it , anyways this word is used for shia community because they are killed because of being shia, leave the members of banned terror organizations like sipah e sahaba and lashkar e jhangvi aside but the rest , we are not killed because of being sunni. as there is not any shia organization who ever claimed the responsibility of or wants killing of the sunnis just because we are sunni.

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  • peace lover
    Mar 19, 2013 - 4:43PM

    This is for sure regrettable. For those of you talking about Sunni killing, we do not know who is behind this. In the past TTP has attacked some Sunnis because they did not belong to their wahabi sect or were informers of their nefarious activities. There is a very remote chance that it could be done by a Shea, but remember if the Shia killings continues unabated a time will come that the shia youth and relatives of the victims will say “enough is enough” and there will be a tit for tat reaction. For rational and moderate Sunnis it is better if they try and educate their terrorist Sunni brother’s to refrain from this madness otherwise today it is Shea killing, tomorrow it will be barelvi, hanafi etc etc.

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  • another ordinary citizen
    Mar 19, 2013 - 4:50PM

    @syed
    We don’t have stats coz trust me there are so many innocent muslim die here in karachi that i have lost count. Please share with us the stats and figures you have ? may be then we can jump to some conclusion ?
    @syed rizvi : thats the issue .. why just ask hazaraz that how it feels to lose someone you love, care and respect. let us ask families of all of these innocent muslims who die in karachi daily?
    @adnan please read my comments on these news. I always said that they are coming for us all. let us stop claiming each death as shia or sunni and be united and accept that its NOT shia/sunni who are targeted. its US MUSLIMS who are dying every day and not shia or sunni.
    I am sorry if i hurt someone due to my comments but all i wanna point out is that we are MUSLIMS only. let us stop saying shia genocide or sunni genocide coz if someone writes shia genocide then next day you will see many writing sunni genocide and it will only increase differences
    Peace

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  • Jaffery
    Mar 19, 2013 - 4:55PM

    I totally agreed with the comment given by Syed Rizvi. I feel sorry for Prof. Sibte Jaffer May Allah grant him a place In Jawar-e-Aaimma masoomeen and give patience to his family.

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  • Syed
    Mar 19, 2013 - 4:58PM

    Does anyone really think he was murdered by the Shias because he was a sunni? They need to go Abbasi Shaheed to get their brains checked out. In Pakistan there are about 80% Sunnis, and history has showed if ever normal Sunnis were attacked, it was by the extremist taliban or like minded groups and not the Shias. Even in Iraq where there is a Shia majority, the Shias are being killed for being Shias.

    In the end though I really want to condemn this killing. I know how hard it is to become a doctor and we Shias have had over 250 Shia doctors gunned down in the 90s.Recommend

  • advice
    Mar 19, 2013 - 5:19PM

    @ haider,

    Why as a Shia ?? why not as a human being or a pakistani or a muslim atleast??

    Dont make divisions on the basis of sect or religion. Descriminate yourself with the Extremists without knowing about their religion/sect or cast.

    There are only two Groups Exist. First one is the Humanity and the Peace Lovers and the other one is Extremist and terrorisim. no other group exist on the basis of religion/sect/ or cast,

    which ever group further divide it self in to Sect or religious, that group will make itself weaker against the other.. Choose your group.. the decison is all yours.

    A Terrorsit has no religion. (misinterprated or misguided)

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  • another ordinary citizen
    Mar 19, 2013 - 5:30PM

    @syed
    We don’t have stats coz trust me there are so many innocent muslim die here in karachi that i have lost count. Please share with us the stats and figures you have ? may be then we can jump to some conclusion ?
    @syed rizvi : thats the issue .. why just ask hazaraz that how it feels to lose someone you love, care and respect. let us ask families of all of these innocent muslims who die in karachi daily?
    @adnan please read my comments on these news. I always said that they are coming for us all. let us stop claiming each death as shia or sunni and be united and accept that its NOT shia/sunni who are targeted. its US MUSLIMS who are dying every day and not shia or sunni.
    I am sorry if i hurt someone due to my comments but all i wanna point out is that we are MUSLIMS only. let us stop saying shia genocide or sunni genocide coz if someone writes shia genocide then next day you will see many writing sunni genocide and it will only increase differences
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  • ZZQ
    Mar 19, 2013 - 5:40PM

    Media’s bias towards targeted killing of Sunnis is a well established fact. A big example was displayed when on the day following the tragic blast of on Abul Hassan Asphahani Road Apartments almost all the TV channels reported funeral ceremonies held at Numaish, Ancholi etc. of only 16-18 ppl killed in the tragic blast. Where were the funerals of remaining 30 odd ppl held??? No coverage … perhaps because they did not belong to a particular sect.

    However, keeping media’s bias aside, I strongly believe that some common enemy is trying to divide us … a fact we all know very well… still the extremist forces at both sides take advantage from such incidents. In the last incident, i referred to a report published in Express News (paper) citing Intelligence sources where 3 pistols were claimed to have killed people from both sects and even personalities of MQM and ANP all. Simple, there’s a common enemy.

    May Allah SWT protect all innocent.

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  • kanwal
    Mar 19, 2013 - 5:47PM

    They want us to fight by trying to kill like this. I dont think anyone would disagree on this. This country needs to wake up now. Alas

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  • Stop
    Mar 19, 2013 - 5:53PM

    It is time we follow our own path as Pakistani muslims. We need to stop following in the foot steps of the Arabs. 50 years ago Arabs was simple, poor, illiterate camel herders. For thousands of years we were richer than the Arabs.

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  • Syed Rizvi
    Mar 19, 2013 - 6:13PM

    @ another ordinary citizen
    again this is argument for the sake of argument … which i dont want to go into… the word genocide is a big word its like taking the whole community out i quoted hazara cuz they are, what they call cleansing (ethnic cleansing) the town by killing Harazans. it was my bad cuz i quoted a community who are close to me. How about killing Christens in Lahore, or Ahmedis…. but seriously this should end here i dont want to argue… A Pakistani has been killed who helped others when they are suffering and there is no excuse. I am with you. We should unite and change our thinking… please stop this bashing we all are in this together..

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  • AK
    Mar 19, 2013 - 7:58PM

    I am feeling very sad ! May Allah rest his soul in peace. Aameen

    My brother wo have been working with him informed that he had 3 years old baby :( Just can’t imagine how painful this would be for his family members and daughter !!!

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Mar 19, 2013 - 8:57PM

    @another ordinary citizen:
    Sure we should ask every family who have sufferred losses and show compassion and destroy the killers. Today’s incident is the reason why people like you and me need to wake up and raise our voice against zulm on innocents as the killers of Dr Usman are the same beasts who are targeting shia community relentlessly. If the motive of the Dr Usman killing is known then sure it should be mentioned. We need to show compassion towards all people especially to those who might be little or more different from us, only then we can have a good society. Pity that it almost seems like you are not even willing to accept people’s pain.

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  • Mirza
    Mar 19, 2013 - 9:26PM

    When we think we cannot go any lower we do. Why are some people talking about the sect of a victim? In Pakistan there are close to 90% Sunni. That means in all accidents and murders 90% of the victims would be Sunnis and about 10% Shia. However, during the recent past there have been targeted killings and not 10% but the overwhelming majorities of them were Shia. This is a scientific fact and should not be swept under the rug of communal hatred by the majority. No murders should be used to polarize the country and it is the moral and religious duty of the majority to protect the smaller sects not the other way around.

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  • Mar 19, 2013 - 11:23PM

    only those are safe in our country now who have government support and facilities.

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Mar 19, 2013 - 11:54PM

    Why is there a meaningless debate on sectarianism?? Simply, the educated Pakistanis are being killed by the “unknown people” of Karachi against whom the coalition government of Sindh has miserably to take any action.

    The city of Karachi is flooded with heaps of illegal weapons (at least millions of unlicensed weapons of prohibited bores).

    Hundreds of condemned criminals (over 300) have disappeared after release from jail on parole.
    The ruling coalition, now disbanded, has been patronising it’s respective militant wings.

    More than half of the 35000 police force is meant to protect the VIPs only. The ordinary people of Karachi are left at the mercy of target killers.

    Over 200 police officials have track record of being involved in criminal activities.

    O God, protect the people of Karachi from these criminals ….. Aameen!

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  • Arzoo
    Mar 20, 2013 - 12:10AM

    It may be useless to comment but I will do so anyway. First, I am saddened by the insensitivity displayed by the “Sunni” commenters. I was born in a Sunni family so I suppose that makes me a Sunni. Secondly, for the last several years we are all aware that Shia professionals which primarily includes Doctors and high officials are targeted in Karachi. Dr. Asad Usman was a Sunni. We do not know the motives behind his killing. But those who have commented above to say that if he was a Shia there would have been an outcry should really be ashamed of themselves in my opinion. Even to raise the specter of such a proposition is shameful. It can only happen in a society which has lost its’ fundamental values of love, respect, and social consciousness. We should all be saddened by the death of any human being regardless of his sect or religious belief. Please read this poem by John Donne written in the 17th century:

    http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/no-man-is-an-island/

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  • Shia
    Mar 20, 2013 - 12:13AM

    All those calling it sunni genocide, first bring the family of the doctor on board and let them say it in public that he was receiving threats from shia fanatics. You can’t produce one. But all the shias getting killed are receiving threats from takfiri terrorists. And that’s why we call it genocide. Shia are killed because of their beliefs by extremist groups.

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  • FAhim
    Mar 20, 2013 - 2:11PM

    genocide or revenge ?

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  • yousafhaque
    Mar 20, 2013 - 4:56PM

    First they killed Education and now is the turn of Educators.Next they deprived the public of all public utilities and now is the turn of REAL public servants.God bless us

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  • BAV
    Mar 20, 2013 - 9:42PM

    Dr Asad Usman was buried today. A man who displayed a humbleness and simpleness which belied his esteemed and respected position. He loved his medical work, loved his family, and most especially loved being with his beautiful 3 year old daughter. When his brother would come to the United States, Dr. Usman would call him and tell him what medications to bring back to Pakistan with him so he could give them to the poor. Dr. Usman and his family represent the best of Pakistan. His murderers represent the worst.
    Now you have a family in deep pain, a little 3 year old inconsolable about the loss of a father she loved dearly, and one less needed and dedicated medical professional who truly cared about helping EVERYONE.
    His older brother would always refer to his younger brother, Dr. Usman, as “an angel” when speaking about him. Always. He was so proud of him. Now, Dr. Usman has truly become an angel.
    May God protect and bless his family always.

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  • Abu Khyber
    Mar 21, 2013 - 1:00AM

    Iran-funded Sectarian Terrorism.

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  • khalid
    Mar 21, 2013 - 2:55AM

    Dr.Asad Usman is very nice and helpful person..i personally know him since last two years.he is my mother’s doctor . and i m planning to meet him in few days for the treatment of my mother and discuss for her health but unfortunately this is not in favor of me and all the patients to get continue his services for themselves.May Allah rest his soul in peace and place him in Jannat. Aameen

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  • Mar 21, 2013 - 4:40AM

    For God’s sake please stop killing. We are all same God’s creation.

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