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Anti-polio doctor shot dead in Karachi

July 20, 2012

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Policemen on a street in Karachi. — File photo

KARACHI: A doctor associated with the polio prevention campaign of World Health Organisation was gunned down in the city’s Al-Asif Square area on Friday night.

On July 17, Dr Fosten Dido, a foreign doctor working for the WHO and associated with the immunisation work, was shot at and wounded in the same area.

Police said 45-year-old Dr Ishaq was shot dead by yet identified persons inside his private clinic in Junejo Town.

SDPO Iftikhar Lodhi said the assailants who had come on a motorcycle, entered the clinic and shot the doctor in the chest.

Maryum Younas, a spokesperson for the WHO Pakistan, said Dr Ishaq had a short-term contract with the organisation. He was hired in April for the immunisation campaign and was not a regular employee of the WHO.