The body of a cardiologist who was gunned down on Monday has been transported to Canada by his family, The Express Tribune has learned. The 50-year-old Dr Mehdi Ali Qamar’s funeral was held on Tuesday in Rabwah and his family had been in contact with consulate officials in order to shift his mortal remains for burial.
Dr Qamar’s murder comes on the heels of a number of anti-Ahmadi attacks. Ten days ago, a 65-year-old Ahmadi man was shot dead in a police lock-up in the Sharaqpur area of Sheikhupura district. On May 28th (today), members of the community will mark the fourth anniversary of deadly attacks on two places of worship in Lahore, which left more than 90 dead and 150 injured.
Dr Qamar was shot by two men on a motorbike as he exited a graveyard after prayers. Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya spokesperson Saleemuddin told The Express Tribune that Dr Qamar was paying an annual visit to Chenab Nagar in order to offer treatment at the Tahrir Health Institute. The spokesperson added that pamphlets and posters declaring treatment at the hospital ‘un-Islamic’ have been posted on the premises. An FIR was lodged against two unidentified assailants on the complaint of a guard at the graveyard, officials said.