Memorial Day is a day to remember the sacrifices of those who served on the battlefield. This past Memorial Day brings a new addition for an American who served in such a zone, Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar, a cardiologist from Ohio who volunteered at Tahir Heart Institute, a hospital offering cardiac care to Pakistan’s underprivileged. Two days in, he was gunned down in Rabwah, Pakistan, in front of his wife and 2-year-old son.
Dr. Qamar now joins 137 Ahmadi Muslims who have been martyred in Pakistan for their faith in the last four years. The killing of Ahmadis, a Muslim sect, goes unchecked due to the state allowing these attacks. The second amendment to the Pakistani Constitution strips Ahmadis of their rights to call themselves Muslims. A law criminalizes all forms of worship and association of Ahmadis with Islam, punishable by fines, jail or death. Because of these laws, people consider Ahmadis as worthy of death.
For that, we lost a great American who went to Pakistan to save people but instead died the death of a martyr.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Pittsburgh