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Ahmadi Doctor Shot in Sindh

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Police say they are investigating the case and its similarities to attack in 2008.

Gunmen in southern Pakistan shot dead a doctor from the Ahmadi Muslim minority, police and members of the community said on Tuesday, in the latest attack on one of the country’s most persecuted groups.

The assailants stormed Mubashar Ahmad Khosa’s clinic in the city of Mirpur Khas on Monday evening. “He was attending to patients at his clinic when two unknown assailants came in and fired at him repeatedly before fleeing on a motorbike,” a statement by a community group said.

Zafarullah Dharejo, a senior local police official, added that a third attacker kept watch outside.

Khosa, who was a well-known doctor in the area, succumbed to his injuries on his way to hospital.

Dharejo said: “The doctor got a text message half an hour before the murder asking him to come out of his clinic,” adding: “We are working on this clue.”

The police officer said that in 2008, another Ahmadi doctor was gunned down in a similar way in the same city.

Ahmadis are one of the most persecuted minority groups in Pakistan. They are frequently attacked, accused of blasphemy and subjected to discrimination in education and the workplace. In July, an angry mob torched an Ahmadi neighborhood in the city of Gujranwala, killing a woman and two girls after a local Ahmadi boy was accused of blasphemy.

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