VAUGHAN, Ontario (AP) — An American cardiologist slain by gunmen in Pakistan in front of his wife and two-year-old son is being remembered as a selfless humanitarian who was targeted for belonging to a religious minority.
A burial ceremony for Mehdi Ali Qamar on Wednesday saw impassioned calls for Canada to pressure Pakistan to better protect religious minorities against extremism.
Qamar, an Ahmadiyya Muslim who had returned to the country to volunteer at a hospital, was gunned down May 26 in central Pakistan. Qamar had dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.
His nephew, Nasir Chaudhary, read a family statement calling Qamar a "real servant of humanity who never discriminated against his patients. "
While in Parkistan Qamar had planned to treat patients at the Tahir Heart Institute.