Ahmadi doctor shot dead in Punjab


A doctor from minority Ahmadi community of Pakistan was shot dead on Monday in Chenab Nagar town of Punjab province, officials have said.

Mehdi Ali, a 50-year-old heart surgeon normally based in the United States, was attacked as he visited a cemetery in the town of Chenab Nagar.

“Two gunmen riding on a motorbike shot dead a cardiac surgeon, Dr Mehdi Ali outside the Ahmadi graveyard in Chenab Nagar,” local police official Ahmed Ali told a foreign news agency.

He said the incident occurred early on Monday morning when the doctor was going to the graveyard with his family.

“The assailants have fled the scene. We are looking into the incident. It seems to be a targeted attack,” Ali said.

Saleem Uddin, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community, confirmed the incident and said the doctor’s family escaped the attack unharmed.

The doctor was in Pakistan on a short visit to do voluntary work at the Tahrir Cardiac Hospital, a private institution that he himself helped build a few years back.

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