Ashir is just two-years-old. Yesterday, he was witness to the most horrific tragedy anyone can imagine. His father – a 50-year-old doctor – was brutally murdered in Pakistan. His crime: He belonged to the Ahmadiyya community.
Dr Mehdi Ali was a US-trained cardiologist on a medical mission to Pakistan. He was visiting Tahir Heart Institute; a state-of-the-art Cardiology hospital in Rabwah, Pakistan. Many Pakistanis cannot even afford routine medical visits. Dr Ali was bringing specialised advanced medical care to these poor people, free of cost. It was the second day of his three-week humanitarian trip when tragedy struck. The doctor said his morning prayers and head off to a local cemetery with his wife and youngest son. He was here to pay his respects to deceased members of his family and hundreds of other members of his community. As he exited the cemetery, two militants riding a motorcycle fired at him repeatedly and fled the scene. As Ashir and his mother watched in absolute horror, Dr Ali breathed his last on the very spot.
For those wondering, Dr Ali is not just a statistic. He lives in my heart and I – and scores of other Ahmadi doctors – will carry on his humanitarian mission, with even greater zeal, for as long as we live. Well said Kashif. Same feeling all over among Ahmadies.
My condolences to the bereaved family and to all humans who despise this type of atrocity. I first met Dr. Mahdi in 1996 in Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY where he started his residency in 1996. May Allah grant him the highest station in heaven.
At the same time I want to congratulate the Pakistani Government, the Punjab Police force and the various religious groups for the successful murder of their own citizen, a plan that got the nod on September 7th 1974, through their collective wisdom.
The Quran says:
[85:1] In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.
[85:2] By the heaven having mansions of stars,
[85:3] And by the Promised Day,
[85:4] And by the Witness and that about whom witness has been borne,
[85:5] Cursed be the Fellows of the Trench —
[85:6] The fire fed with fuel —
[85:7] As they sat by it,
[85:8] And they witnessed what they did to the believers.
[85:9] And they hated them not but because they believed in Allah, the Almighty, the Praiseworthy,
[85:10] To Whom belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth; and Allah is Witness over all things.
[85:11] Those who persecute the believing men and the believing women and then repent not, for them is surely the punishment of Hell, and for them is the punishment of burning.
[85:12] But those who believe and do good works, for them are Gardens through which streams flow. That is the great triumph.
[85:13] Surely the seizing of thy Lord is severe.
Very disturbing news indeed. I hope and pray that America takes notice of this unlawful killing of an innocent American citizen who was in Pakistan to help the sick as a volunteer being a qualified and experienced heart surgeon. His crime he happened to be an Ahmadi Muslim. There were posters by the so called “guardians of the finality of the Prophethood” warning the public not to use that Hospital in Rabwah, because it is run and funded by the Ahmadiyya Community for the benefit of humanity. Dr Qamar was only there for a few days before he was gunned down in front of his wife and a small son. As long as there is corruption and corrupt officials at every level, Pakistan will not be able to control these murderous outfits who know that they will get away with murder which they do.
It is about time the World took notice of these barbaric acts in Pakistan by not only denouncing but also forcing the authorities to take action against these outfits, who are now active in UK and other places outside Pakistan. Recently the same outfit “Guardians of the Finality of Prophethood” here in Luton England made the Local Newspaper editors to apologize for printing an Advert in their Paper placed by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, celebrating their 125th anniversary. Luton on Sunday must be made aware of this outfit in Luton, that they are the same who had these Hate Posters placed in and around Rabwah where this Dr Qamar was brutally gunned down.