The Exploding Dentists of Pakistan

February 11, 2013

    During 2012, a bizarre string of events took place in Pakistan that were never reported in Western media.  Sixteen dentists exploded for no apparent reason.  They were not shot.  Their offices were not bombed.  No trace of any explosive was ever found.  No weapon was found.  No threats had been made against them, and no one claimed responsibility.

    The first mysterious explosion took place on January 12th in Islamabad, as reported in the Pakistan News.  Dr. Munawar Jamal, of 19 Service Road West, exploded in his surgery at 5:30 p.m. after finishing with his last patient.  Arms, legs, and head were more or less intact but scattered, and the trunk of the body was obliterated into mush and spread all over the walls, floor, and ceiling.  The only things in the room that could have exploded were two tanks of nitrous oxide and oxygen, but they were undisturbed.  Police were baffled.  They suspected suicide at first but could not discover any physical means by which the doctor could have exploded himself.

    This event set the pattern for all the others to follow, the only difference being whether or not there were witnesses.  No witnesses were harmed, but they were terrified.  None could provide any details to explain what happened.  Such was the case on January 31st, also in Islamabad.  Dr. Kiran Hannan, of 3 Ibn-e-Sina Road, was attending to a patient when he suddenly exploded.  This case was also reported in the Pakistan News. 

    February 2nd — Lahore.  Dr. Farooq Haider, of 26 Main Shalimar Link Road, exploded while talking to a patient.  (Reported in the Daily Nine O’Clock.

    February 29th — Karachi.  Dr. A. Mudassir, of Main University Road, exploded while alone.  His assistant had just stepped out of the room.  She insisted everything had been perfectly normal.  (Reported in Daily Nai Baat.)

    March 23rd — Dr. Javed Aslam of Bilal Hospital, Rawalpindi, exploded while examining an x-ray in front of a patient.  The patient said the doctor had been in fine spirits.  Police theorized he might have been shot through the window with an exploding bullet.  However, the window was closed and undamaged, and no fragment of a bullet was found.  (Reported in the Pakistan Observer.

    April 9th — Dr. M. A. Soofi, of 34 Lawrence Road, Lahore, was about to go out for lunch and was talking to his receptionist when he blew up.  The case was investigated by Punjab Police.  Mr. Khan Baig, Acting Inspector General, said it was the most bizarre case he had ever come across in his career.  (Reported in Daily Raaj Pakistan.

    Two cases on consecutive days aroused great suspicion by Islamabad Police.  On May 7th and 8th, Dr. Abid Malik, of 18-D Mushtaq Mansion, Islamabad, and Dr. Amad Ali, of 2 Galaxy Arcade, G-11 Markaz, Islamabad, exploded in their surgeries after finishing with a patient — the same one!  The patient was a Frenchman named Houle.  Police were astounded by the coincidence and immediately suspected Houle of foul play.  The mystery was deepened when it was found that M. Houle had nothing wrong with his teeth.  He claimed to be going for a check-up, but he could not explain to the satisfaction of police why he would go for check-ups on consecutive days to two different dentists.  M. Houle claimed to be a tourist and to have no occupation.  Islamabad Police detained him for a week, then reluctantly let him go.  Inspector General Bani-Amin Khan told media that they could find no evidence against him, and the medical examinations on the doctors’ remains could not even determine a cause of death.  Dr. Ghulam Akbar Khan Niazi, Chairman of the Islamabad Medical and Dental College, was called in to advise on the cases and was, in his own words, “completely mystified.”  (Reported in the Pakistan News and Daily Nine O’Clock.

    The terror continued:

    June 22nd — Lahore.  Dr. Muhammad Zia Ul Haq Naeem, of 178Y Commercial Area, blew up while doing a routine cleaning.  His assistant said, “His chest seemed to explode.”  This incident was reported in the Frontier Post, which publishes editions in Quetta and Peshawar, as well as Lahore.  In Quetta, anti-American readers suggested the United States was using a secret weapon against Pakistan, and this rumour was widely repeated.

    August 13th — Karachi.  Dr. Awab Alvi of the Alvi Dental Hospital, 23-B Sindhi Muslim Society, exploded in plain view of the patient in his chair, his assistant, and another patient who was waiting.  The fire alarm was set off, but there was no fire or smoke.  (Reported in the Daily News.)

    September of 2012 was the dreadful climax:

    September 6th — Lahore.  Dr. Haroon Anan, of 398-Q Model Town, exploded in his surgery with no witnesses.  (Reported in Lahore Times.

    September 13th — Peshawar.  Dr. Taimur Khan, of 4 A/C Park Avenue, University Town, blew up in the face of a patient.  (Reported in Frontier Post.

    September 17th — Quetta.  Dr. Muhammad Hassan, of Mehr Abad, exploded while talking on the phone.  (Reported in Frontier Post.

    September 20th — Lahore.  Dr. Zafar Iqbal, of New Garden Town, had just finished filling a cavity when he “exploded into a thousand pieces,” according to the terrified patient.  (Reported in Lahore Times.

    September 27th — Rawalpindi.  Dr. Fahad Arshad, of Bahria Town, had just put a patient in the chair when he exploded.  The  patient screamed.  When the secretary saw the bloody mess, she fainted.  (Reported in Pakistan Observer.

    September 28th — Islamabad.  Dr. Shahid Mahmood, of 170-B, Street 68, had been discussing a delinquent account with his secretary.  He then walked into his surgery and exploded.  The secretary told police, “He was not angry.  He was only slightly annoyed about the money that was owed.”  (Reported in the Daily Nine O’Clock.

    Since this last incident, the explosions have stopped.  Authorities are no closer to finding an explanation.  The Pakistan Dental Association was for a while besieged by calls from frightened dentists and patients, as well as police, media, and government authorities, to whom it could give no useful information or reassurances.  Dr. Waheed ul Hameed, President of the PDA, said, “We have no idea why dentists should explode.  There must be some explanation, but we don’t know what it is.  We can only ask our members to continue to go to work and serve their patients, and we ask people to continue to go to their dentist, because dental health is very important.”

    The U.S. State Department and Defense Department would not answer inquiries concerning this article.

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One Response to “The Exploding Dentists of Pakistan”

  1. Chris Marx Says:

    This looks like a travelling salesman selling, eg, a certain garment – such as a protective apron or even belt. I know from observation at my own dentist that such things have to be worn when taking Roentgen pictures, but probably under other conditions also, not excluding religious backgrounds. An opportunity to try out new suicide attack tools, maybe to be attached even to dogs.
    Chris Marx, Switzerland

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