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

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.