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Dr Haider Raza’s car is seen outside the hospital in Karachi on Wednesday. – Photo by WhiteStar
Dr Haider Raza’s car is seen outside the hospital in Karachi on Wednesday. – Photo by WhiteStar
People stand outside Darul Sehat Hospital in Karachi’s Gulistan-i-Jauhar area after the incident. – Photo by WhiteStar
People stand outside Darul Sehat Hospital in Karachi’s Gulistan-i-Jauhar area after the incident. – Photo by WhiteStar

KARACHI: At least 12 people including a Shia doctor and three madressa students were killed and several others injured in different incidents of violence in the port city, DawnNews reported on Wednesday.

The latest incident took place near Continental Bakery in Gulistan-i-Jauhar neighbourhood when unidentified attackers killed three students of an Islamic seminary. Two students sustained bullets wounds also. They are reportedly in critical condition at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).

Enraged people took to the streets after the incident. They set ablaze push carts and forced local shop keepers to shut their businesses.

Police and Rangers personnel reached the site to disperse the angry mob.

The incident followed yet another high-profile Shia killing in the same area when Doctor Haider Raza was gunned down by unidentified attackers in front of Darul Sehat Hospital. Another man accompanying Raza in his car was injured in the attack. His identity is yet not known.

Jafaria Alliance and Pakistan Shia Ulema Council condemning the attack demanded an early arrest of the culprits.

Earlier during the day, a bomb weighing 13 kilograms was defused near Khalid Bin Waleed road in Karachi’s PECHS area.

Karachi, the largest metropolitan city of Pakistan, is riddled with targeted killings, gang wars, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and sectarian violence. Targeted operations led by Rangers’ forces with the support of police are ongoing in the city under a directive issued by the federal government against criminals already identified by federal, military and civilian agencies.

Comments (7) Closed

ali mirza Apr 10, 2014 01:23am

All i can say for Pakistan and mainly Karachi is RIP

Yaseen Apr 10, 2014 10:37am

@ali mirza: seriously, we must now R.I.P.

Oz Apr 10, 2014 09:48pm

Seminary students and then a Shia doctor..this action proves a third party is it play, who wants a sectarian issue in Pakistan. I thinks RAW is at its dirty tricks again and with enemy within, they have plenty of helpers too.

unkwno Apr 11, 2014 02:22pm

@Oz: no i know dr haider raza he is not shia his mother is shia but father is suni he is suni and 2 month back some one call him and say leave the city

Stop the target kilings Apr 11, 2014 03:25pm


When a doctor saves a patient life, he does not care if the patient is a muslim, Christian or wahabi then why the saviour of human life is killed by these religious fanatics who are maligning Islam with their twisted ideologies.

Enough is Enough now, stop this merciless target killings!!!

independentthinker Apr 12, 2014 02:54am

How do our people show outrage against these atrocities, they set ablaze push carts and require businesses to shut down! Do you see something totally insane here? Instead of going after the criminals, we are causing more harm and pain to the general public, by reacting like that. What did they get by doing that? Did they catch the criminals? They are causing more damage to our economy and to the hard working people of Pakistan and God knows, we just can't afford that! We have been doing that for decades now - burning buses, destroying/looting local businesses, throwing rocks at passing vehicles, etc., but have we stopped to think even for a second, how is it helping our cause and if anything, isn't that helping the criminals? That is the sad truth about how we handle our problems - and it is no wonder that we cannot progress.

Hamza Apr 12, 2014 10:26pm

This is disheartening and extremely sad....why can't people of all religious discipline live in peace and harmony in this state. People of all faith and culture have contributed so many to develop this city and state.

The state machinery can't provide adequate security to its citizens. People of walks of life are being victimized in all manner every day there and the state gives a blind eye to it.