WHO-associated doctor gunned down in clinic
KARACHI — A Karachi doctor associated with the polio prevention campaign of the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) was shot dead in the city’s Al Asif Square on Friday night.
On July 17, Dr Fosten Dido, a foreign doctor working for the WHO and associated with the polio immunisation campaign in the city and his driver were shot at and wounded in the same area allegedly by two Afghans. Police said 45-year-old Dr Ishaq was gunned down by two men riding on motorbikes inside his private clinic located in Junejo Town while he was attending to patients.
Al Asif Square is mostly populated by Afghan settlers in Karachi and they have been critical of the polio vaccination of children terming it un-Islamic.
Police officer Iftikhar Lodhi said the assailants, who had come on a motorcycle, entered the clinic and shot the doctor in the chest, who died before he could be provided medical treatment.
Maryam Younas, a spokesperson for the WHO Pakistan told newsmen that Dr Ishaq had a short-term contract and was hired in April for the immunisation campaign. He was not a regular employee of the WHO.
Soon after the incident, police started a search operation in the Sohrab Goth area for the culprits.
Earlier, Dr Fosten was attacked when he went on a visit to Koochi Camp, one of the Afghan refugee settlements in Karachi for a polio immunisation campaign. Two armed men riding on a motorbike intercepted the UN vehicle in Afghan Basti area and opened fire.
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