Two Karachi doctors fall prey to sectarian violence
KARACHI: The latest victims of a surge in the ‘hate motivated sectarian purge’ were yet another two medical practitioners, who were gunned down while they were at work in their not so distant private clinics, Samaa reported.
“In the first incident unknown armed men barged into Dr Syed Ali Akbar’s clinic and shot him multiple times from a close range. He died on the spot. In the second, one Dr Syed Yawar Hussain was killed in a similar attack ” police told Samaa.
It is suspected that the same attackers targeted both the doctors whose clinics were located at a stone’s throw from each other in a densely populated Paposh Nagar neighborhood in the teeming port city.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack.
Sectarian strife has been worsening in Pakistan, where Shias make up about 20 percent of the 180 million population.
More than 800 Shias have been killed in targeted attacks in Pakistan since the start of 2012, according to Human Rights Watch.
Militant groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi say they are fighting for a Sunni Muslim theocracy and Shias should leave the country or be killed.–SAMAA/Agencies
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