Gunmen shot dead a doctor from the Ahmadi community on Monday, officials said, the latest attack on the besieged group.
Mehdi Ali Qamar, a 50-year-old heart surgeon normally based in the United States, was attacked as he visited a cemetery in Rabwah in Punjab province. Rabwah, also known as Chenab Nagar, has been considered the home of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community since 1948 when the community moved from Qadian, India to Pakistan following the creation of Pakistan in 1947.
“Two gunmen riding on a motorbike shot dead a cardiac surgeon, Dr. Mehdi Ali outside the Ahmadi graveyard in Chenab Nagar,” said local police official Ahmed Ali. He said the incident occurred early on Monday morning when the doctor was going to the graveyard with his family.
‘The assailants have fled the scene. We are looking into the incident. It seems to be a targeted attack,” Ali said.
Saleem Uddin, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community, confirmed the incident and said the doctor’s family escaped the attack unharmed.
The doctor was in Pakistan on a short visit to do voluntary work at the Tahir Heart Institute, a private institution that he himself helped build a few years back.