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Hindu doctor shot dead by unidentified men in Karachi

A man rides on a motorbike past a poster installed at the entrance gate of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) office in Karachi, Pakistan, April 8, 2015. A record 26 doctors were killed in Pakistan last year, according to police, three times the number in 2010. Medical groups say that unless the government can stop the killings, a trickle of doctors fleeing the country may become a flood, undermining efforts to ensure Pakistan's population of around 190 million has access to basic services. To match Feature story PAKISTAN-HEALTHCARE/ATTACKS     Picture taken April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
A man rides on a motorbike past a poster installed at the entrance gate of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) office in Karachi, Pakistan, April 8, 2015. A record 26 doctors were killed in Pakistan last year, according to police, three times the number in 2010. Medical groups say that unless the government can stop the killings, a trickle of doctors fleeing the country may become a flood, undermining efforts to ensure Pakistan's population of around 190 million has access to basic services. To match Feature story PAKISTAN-HEALTHCARE/ATTACKS Picture taken April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Karachi: A 56-year-old Hindu doctor has been shot dead outside his clinic by unidentified men in Karachi’s Pak Colony.

The deceased, identified as Dr Pritam Lakhwani, was shot at around 11 p.m. local time yesterday.

Lakhwani, was a general physician who ran a clinic near Bara Board in Pak Colony for the last 15 years.

“He was returning home after shutting down his clinic as per routine when he came under attack,” the Express Tribune quoted Lakhwani’s son, Rakesh Kumar, as saying.

He added, “Someone called me from my father’s cellphone and informed me that he had been killed.”

Kumar said that his father had no personal enmity nor had he received any threats.

Lakhwani, was shot once in his chest and was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medical treatment.

He was taken to Aga Khan University Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Friday.

The police said that doctor’s clinic was located in a residential area and the incident occurred when there was a power failure in the area and it is yet to be ascertained who was behind the incident.

“No one saw the culprit or culprits. We [the police] don’t even know whether there was more than one culprit,” said police officer Muhammad Hasnain.

Meanwhile, senior police officials have suspended Pak Colony SHO Musarrat Malik over the incident.

The police has registered and FIR No 144/16 on behalf of victim’s complaint against unidentified persons and further investigation is under way. (ANI)

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