Gunmen kill Pakistani doctor suspected of links with al-Qaida

Gunmen on a motorcycle Monday killed a Pakistani doctor who had been detained three years ago for suspected al-Qaida links, police said.

Ahmad Javed Khawaja was attacked after he finished his morning prayers at a mosque and was walking to his clinic in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, said Mohammed Ali, a police official in Lahore.

The attackers fled and no one has been arrested, Ali said, adding that the shooting's motive was not known.

About 500 people joined a protest that erupted after the shooting. Many chanted, "Death to America!" as they blocked a street and set tires on fire.

In December 2002, Khawaja and several members of his family were detained by intelligence agents in Lahore for allegedly harboring al-Qaida suspects.

Khawaja, held until June 2003, said he was questioned by American and Pakistani interrogators.

Khawaja and his relatives contested the allegations of links with al-Qaida in a local court, which dropped the case when the prosecution failed to provide evidence of their links with the terror network, reports the AP.

Subscribe to Pravda.Ru Telegram channel, Facebook, RSS!

Author`s name Editorial Team