Canadian doctor killed in Pakistan

(QMI Agency File)

(QMI Agency File)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:19 PM ET

A Canadian doctor volunteering at a hospital in Pakistan has been shot and killed.

Mehdi Ali Qamar, 50, had taken his wife, young son and a cousin to a graveyard in Punjab province at dawn Monday to pray when he was shot, Ahmadi community spokesman Salim ud Din told Reuters.

"He came here just one or two days ago to work at our heart hospital, to serve humanity and for his country," Din said. "Two persons came on motorbikes. They shot 11 bullets in him."

Qamar was born in Pakistan but moved abroad in 1996.

He lived in Canada and gained citizenship here before moving to Columbus, Ohio, 10 years ago.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Ian Trites confirmed the federal government is working with local authorities "to gather additional information and are providing assistance to the family during this difficult time."

In Ohio, he founded an Ahmadi centre and raised money for medical charities in Pakistan, Din said.

Qamar returned to Pakistan to do voluntary work at a state-of-the-art heart hospital built by the Ahmadi community in the eastern town of Rabwah.

He is survived by a wife and three young sons, Din said.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Qamar will be buried in Toronto.

The Ahmadis believe there was a Prophet after Mohammed. Pakistani law says they are not Muslims, although Ahmadis insist that they are.

Ahmadis have often been jailed or lynched for blasphemy for things such as offering Islamic prayers or reading the Qur'an.

Qamar's killing follows the fatal shooting of a 61-year-old Ahmadi man last week.

-- With files from Reuters


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