The shooting occurred near the private residence of Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. Several Shia professionals, including doctors and lawyers, have been gunned down in Lahore and Peshawar in recent weeks. On Saturday, 85 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in a bomb attack in a Shia-dominated area of Quetta. No one claimed responsibility for the killing of the doctor and his son. Haider's brother, retired judge Afzal Haider, said the family had no enemies.
The possibility that the shooting was sectarian in nature could not be ruled out, he said. "We are devastated at the killing of our loved ones. The family has no enmity with any one. I don't know where we are heading. God help this country," he said. Lahore Police spokesman Niyab Haider told PTI that officials were investigating different aspects of the incident. "We cannot confirm whether there is a sectarian element at this moment. Let the investigation be completed," he said. PTI