A top neurosurgeon who worked here at the Civil Hospital Quetta was allegedly kidnapped Thursday night, authorities and people close to the doctor said.
Dr Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, the neurosurgeon, was allegedly abducted on his way home from work at a private hospital. The windows of his car, which was recovered near his residence in Shahbaz Town, were broken.
In this regard, the provincial minister of interior, Mir Saleem Ahmed Khoso, said police and Levies officers have been notified and are on high alert to safely recover the kidnapped neurosurgeon.
Khoso, in his statement, also condemned the incident, noting that the surgeon will be recovered very soon, hopefully, and that the kidnappers would be in the authorities' custody.
According to police, Dr Khalil was allegedly abducted while he was on his way home in Shahbaz Town. While his car — with the broken windows — was recovered by authorities, the neurosurgeon could not be reached at his mobile phone.
Further, the deputy inspector-general (DIG) for Quetta stated that while it was quite likely that Dr Khalil was kidnapped, he could not make a definitive comment.
Ghulam Hussain, the missing doctor's assistant at the private hospital where he worked, submitted a request to file a first information report (FIR) of Dr Khalil's kidnapping at the Bijli Road police station.
Police and personnel of various law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have set up blockades throughout the city.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Young Doctors Association (YDA), and the Bolan Medical Teachers Association (BMTA) have also condemned the alleged abduction.
The PMA has called an emergency meeting at the Civil Hospital later today, whereas the BMTA has issued a call for a province-wide boycott, starting today, of all government hospitals' Outpatient Departments (OPDs).