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Rawalpindi: Thursday July 17, 2003: An Ahmadi Brigadier (Retired) Iftikhar Ahmad Mir (Sitara-e-Bisalat) was martyred here by three masked terrorist who broke into his house. According to details three unknown terrorists entered Brig. Mir's house, located near Army House Rawalpindi, and started firing at him. Brig. Mir alongwith his Brother in-law Malik Abdul Aziz (Retired Commander Merchant Navy) was having his lunch at that time. He was rushed to Combined Military Hospital where, after a prolonged surgery, Brig. Mir succumbed to the bullet injuries. Malik Andul Aziz was also injured in this incident. Brig. Mirs mother, sister, and two nieces were also present in the house at that time. Brig. Mir's sister asked the intruders to take away jewelry, cash etc. and not to harm anyone but her pleas were ignored. The incident is target killing but police has taken it as failed robbery attempt.
Daily DAWN covered this story as under:
RAWALPINDI: Retired army officer shot dead in robbery bid
RAWALPINDI, July 17: A retired army officer was shot dead while another man was injured on Thursday by three robbers in a house opposite the Army House in the heavily-guarded Army Officers Colony here, police sources told Dawn.
Police officials said that masked men had intruded into the house of Brig (Retd) Iftikhar Ahmed Mir located at the National Park Road, opposite the official residence of President Pervez Musharraf.
Robbers fled the scene after opening fire on Brig (Retd) Mir and his brother-in-law Abdul Aziz after they tried to resist their robbery bid, injuring the former, police sources said.
The robbers were said to have entered the house at around 1.50pm when Brig Mir and his brother-in-law were having lunch.
Brig Mir received three bullet injuries and Mr Aziz sustained head injuries. Both of them were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) where Brig Mir died after undergoing a surgery at 6pm. Mr Aziz is stated to be in stable condition.
Upon hearing the news the military and police officials reached the spot. A source said, a pistol and a mask were found from the scene.
Sniffer dogs were brought by the law enforcement agencies to trace the culprits but no clue had been found till the filing of this report.