Jonathan Kay: The murder of Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar symbolizes Pakistan’s descent into self-annihilation

Tomorrow, Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar — the Canadian/American doctor who was assassinated last month in front of his wife and child, while he was performing a humanitarian mission in Pakistan — will be buried at Maple Cemetary in Vaughan, Ont. His funeral has become a major rallying point for members of the Ahmadi Muslim community — which flourishes here in tolerant Canada, but which is murderously persecuted in Pakistan (that supposed national refuge for South Asian Muslims).

In fact, the tragedy of Mehdi Ali Qamar’s murder serves as a sort of microcosm for the agony of Pakistan’s self-destruction as a functioning national entity, and it’s transformation into a base for the most violent and bigoted elements within Islam.

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Dr. Ali Qamar, a Cardiologist and member of the Ahmadi sect, who practiced medicine in Columbus, Ohio, was in Pakistan as a volunteer at a local heart clinic when he was murdered.

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