(I changed the age..when i spoke to a friend yesterday I thought he had said 8 year old son, but the actual age is 11)
what Omar said…the poison is spreading and the rot is deep.
Unidentified armed men gunned down a prominent Shia doctor and his 13-year-old son in this eastern Pakistani city today, two days after 85 members of the minority sect were killed in a bombing in Quetta. Syed Ali Haider, a well-known eye specialist, was driving his son Murtaza to school when his car was intercepted by two gunmen on a motorcycle on Zahoor Elahi Road. The gunmen fired indiscriminately at the vehicle and escaped. The father and son were taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared Haider dead on arrival. Murtaza succumbed to his injuries a short while later. The shooting occurred near the private residence of Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.
Murtaza Haider opines in the Dawn that it is time for Shias to leave their homeland. I am sure more such people will be joining him in such thoughts after today.
Update (from Omar Ali): Sid, I am taking advantage of editorial privileges and butting in here. I knew Dr Ali Haider. I did my house job with his dad, the great professor Zafar Haider. Ali was an angel. Literally would not hurt a fly. And he was shot 6 times. And his 8 year old son was shot in the head. 11 year old boy. Can you imagine that? the bastards stopped his car in an upscale part of town and shot him and his 11 year old boy in cold blood.
Professor Zafar Haider was briefly appointed MS of Mayo Hospital Lahore. Suddenly poor patients were getting life saving medicines from the hospital store..the same hospital store that never seemed to have any medication in stock. One day the child of the chief secretary punjab got a minor burn on his hand and Professor Zafar Haider admitted him to the ward. Ppl were surprised why he was admitted. Professor sahib said “you have one night, order those medicines we never get, punjab govt will deliver instantly, keep them safe, some poor people will get saved in the days to come”. The day he was replaced he personallyordered to carry 100s of IV bottles to the children’s ward so that they would have life-saving drips on hand when children with diarrhea came in. He was afraid that after he left charge, the store would no longer supply said drips. He said “Dr sahib, hum Hussein key ghulam hain, paani kaisey rok saktey hain”. (“Dr sahib, we are followers/slaves of Hussain, how can refuse water to someone?”) Sadly that ghulami cost him his son and his grandson today. How awful.
here is Dr Haider with his son.
He and his wife just had a daughter born to them. She is only a few months old. Now orphaned by these killers.
Dr Syed Zafar Haider, father of Ali Haider and grandfather of Murtaza Haider. A great surgeon and a great human being who spent his life serving the people and teaching generations of doctors. Now burying his only son. And his school age grandson.