Islamabad: Two women
-- the mother and sister of the joint secretary in Pakistan's
cabinet division -- died when gunmen targeting a wanted killer
pumped bullets inside a wrong room in an Islamabad hospital.
Saleh Bibi, 60, and Bilqees Bibi, 30, mother and sister of
Mohammad Ayaz Khan, were killed in the VIP Ward of the Pakistan
Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital Saturday night, Geo
News reported Sunday.
The attackers wanted to kill a man named Rana Sarwat, allegedly
involved in the kidnapping of a businessman for ransom but who
later killed him.
However, the gunmen targeted a wrong room, and opened fire inside
it through a window, police said. The assailants fled the spot
after the attack.
Police said this was the third failed attempt on Sarwat's life.
Saleh Bibi died on the spot, while her daughter Bilqees, who was
in the hospital to attend to her mother, received multiple wounds.
She was rushed to the operation theatre but succumbed to her
Earlier, two attempts had been made on Sarwat's life in the last
He was attacked in the Islamabad district court area but narrowly
escaped. In the second attempt, he received a bullet in his
shoulder. The assailant was nabbed by a group of students.
Rana Sarwat, a resident of Lahore, allegedly kidnapped businessman
Khawaja Zahid from the city. He confined him inside a house and
demanded Rs.20 million as ransom, police said.