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Dr. Akmal Waheed is a cardiac specialist at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Karachi. His younger brother Dr. Arshad Waheed was a kidney specialist at the Jinnah Hospital in Karachi. Dr Akmal Waheed travelled often to Afghanistan, Iran and even Iraq to provide medical aid. 

On 07/03/2004 the Karachi police arrested the brothers after the cell phone numbers of the two doctors were found in Ata-ur Rehman ‘ mobile phone memory. Dr. Akmal Waheed and Dr. Arshad Waheed were suspected of assisting wanted militants to escape from the authorities and providing medical treatment to three fugitives: Abu Massab, Gul Hasan and Qassam-al-Sani, who were wounded in the Gen. Hayat Attempt, without informing the police.  Their arrest was capped in secrecy for a while, which caused the family to believe they were kidnapped for ransom. The arrest of the Waheed brothers was made public only on 07/13/2004.

The police also found out that the Wahed brothers also treated Shahzad Bajwa, alias Abdullah, the depute of Ata-ur Rehman, after he sustained injuries, on 03/19/2004, during an attack on a mobile van of Pakistan Rangers, at Shan/Bismillah Taqi Hospital in Karachi.

The Waheed brothers were sentenced on 03/14/2005 to 7 years imprisonment.


The police claimed that “The car recovered from the accused (Akmal and Arshad Waheed) is the one which was hired by earlier arrested Jundallah’s Amir in Karachi, Ata-ur-Rehman, which later on, had remained in their use.” Ata-ur-Rehman, the chief of Jundallah, had confessed that Dr Akmal Waheed and Dr Arshad Waheed had close links to him and were extending help by all means, the police spokesman added.

Dr. Arshad & Akmal Waheed were, eventually, acquitted. on 07/11/2006, in an appeal court. Following his acquittal Dr. Arshad Waheed shifted his activity to South Waziristan and was running a clinic in Wana, FATA region. Dr. Arshad Waheed was allegedly killed in a US missile attack, on 03/16/2008, in Wana, South Waziristan (see – Wana 03.16.08 ).

* On 02/28/2011 Dr. Akmal Waheed was sentenced in the UAE (see Gulf Emirates) to 3 years in prison for running a jihadist organisation in the UAE and having direct communication with a senior member of Al Qaeda. He was a project manager at a Ras al Khaimah college. His brother Dr. Arshad Waheed the marketing manager and alleged accomplice, was acquitted of all charges.


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