Pak`s ISI detains doctor in connection with attack on hospital

Last Updated: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 20:12

Lahore: Pakistan`s spy agency ISI has
detained a doctor, suspected to have links with the outlawed
Jamaat-ud-Dawah, in connection with a terrorist attack on a
hospital here nearly two months ago.

A group of terrorists attacked Jinnah Hospital on May
31 to kill or free a militant named Moaz alias Amir Muavia,
who was part of a group that attacked two Ahmedi mosques in
Lahore.

Moaz was captured in an injured condition and was
being treated at the hospital.

ISI operatives started monitoring doctors whom they
suspected might have facilitated the terrorists who attacked
the hospital.

Ali Abdullah, the junior doctor detained by the ISI,
had gained access to Moaz inside the intensive care unit
because of his alleged connections with the Jamaat-ud-Dawah
and the Islami Jamiat Tulba, The Express Tribune newspaper
quoted its sources as saying.

Abdullah was the first person to send a bouquet to
Moaz on May 30 while he was recuperating in the hospital, the
daily quoted its sources in the intelligence agency as saying.

Ninety-five people were killed when terrorists stormed
two Ahmedi mosques on May 28. Under Pakistani laws, Ahmedis
have the status of "non-Muslims".

Moaz and another attacker were nabbed by worshippers
at one of the mosques.

A senior doctor of Jinnah Hospital told PTI that
Abdullah was disturbed that Ahmedis were being treated at the
hospital.

Abdullah was found asking his colleagues whether it
was right to "save non-believers", said the doctor, who spoke
on condition of anonymity.

Six injured Ahmedis were treated in surgical ward unit
2 of Jinnah Hospital.

They complained they were not given proper medical
care and that the negligence of doctors had caused
deterioration in the condition of some patients.

During their surveillance, intelligence operatives
found that two doctors in surgical ward unit 2 had a close
relationship with Abdullah, who visited the ward several times
a day even though he was attached to another wing.

A serving Deputy Inspector General of police, who
belongs to the Ahmedi sect, reportedly alerted the ISI about
Abdullah`s "suspicious movements".

The DIG also filed his own findings based on
information gathered by provincial intelligence operatives.

Superintendent of Police Abdul Rab said the case of
the doctor is being investigated from all angles.

Polive have questioned some of Abdullah`s relatives to
establish the extent of his links with terrorists, Rab said.

Abdullah`s links with terrorists could not be ruled
out, Rab said.

Sarfaraz, Abdullah`s father, who is also an additional
medical superintendent of Services Hospital, said his son
might have been detained because of his ties with the IJT and
JuD.

Acknowledging his son`s political affiliation with the
Jamaat-e-Islami, the parent organisation of IJT, Sarfaraz said
though his son had served as an IJT office-bearer when he was
studying in Allama Iqbal Medical College, he could not have
been involved in abetting the terrorists who attacked Jinnah
Hospital.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 20:12

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