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Another doctor gunned down in Peshawar

February 12, 2013

PESHAWAR, Feb 11: Suspected militants on Monday evening gunned down a doctor inside his clinic in Sardar Ahmed Jan Colony on Charsadda Road, police said.

Two medical practitioners have been killed in the city over the last few weeks.

An official of the city police said Dr Tehseenullah was at the clinic when unidentified men opened fire on him.

He said the doctor was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital in critical condition but he succumbed to his injuries.

Faqirabad police station SHO Zarwali Khan told Dawn that the doctor belonged to Ghalanai area of Mohmand Agency.

“The documents recovered from his clinic showed that he last served at Ghalanai Hospital before retirement,” he said.

The SHO said Dr Tehseenullah was living alone in the area and his family was somewhere else and that attackers entered the clinic posing themselves as patients and after shooting him, escaped on a motorcycle.

“Officials of the investigation department are collecting evidence and recording statements of people to help media know the entire story. It seems that militants have targeted him,” he said.

The SHO said the slain doctor’s brother had visited the hospital to receive the body but couldn’t speak to police for being overwhelmed by grief.

Also in the day, police arrested 13 people from religious groups in different parts of the city.

A police official said the arrests had been made part of investigation into the killing of the two doctors and one lawyer from Shia community.

He said 11 people belonging to Ahle Sunnatwal Jamaat had been picked up and they included Usman Farooqui, Irshad Haideri, Saddiquullah, Shah Faisal, Jan Farooqui, Aurangzeb Farooqui, Mohammad Gul, Nasrullah, Sajjad, Sajid and Jamal.

The official said police had also arrested leaders of Majlis Wahdat Muslimeen, including Mohammad Ali Karbalai and Zulfiqar, in Kotwali and Hashtnagri areas.

He said the crackdown on targeted killings would continue.