Sect affiliation may have cost doctor’s life

Slaying of doctor raises questions

Dr. Mehdi A. Qamar, a cardiologist living in Pickerington was gunned down and martyred recently in front of his wife and two-year-old son while visiting an Ahmadiyya Muslim Cemetery in Rabwah, Pakistan, allegedly for no other reason than belonging to the minority group, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

He had taken a sabbatical to Rabwah Pakistan as a volunteer to serve the underprivileged through the Tahir Heart Hospital, a Heart Hospital founded by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Many doctors from the U.S. have visited this hospital to help those in need.

The killing of Ahmadis in Pakistan goes unchecked due to the Pakistani state sponsoring of these attacks. The second amendment to the Pakistani Constitution strips Ahmadis of their right to call themselves Muslims.

The newly founded Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus should put pressure on the Pakistani government for allowing such state sponsored terrorism to go unchecked and they should repeal all such blasphemy laws that inhibit freedom of religion and perpetuate the targeted killings of Ahmadis in Pakistan. — MIRZA AHMAD, KETTERING

Speak up

I would like to hear a public discussion on asking Pope Francis to invite the Sunni and Shiite leaders to sit down with him and discuss how the Sunni-Shiite dispute might be peacefully resolved. I think most people around the world, especially younger generations and members of the Islamic faith, have more interest in living together in peace than living under rules of an ancient feud among Islamic rulers; the Catholic Church has lived through a few such feuds in it 2,000 year existence.

News channels in general just count the casualties in Iraq as driver’s pain because gas will go up. Hello, the real casualty was and will be American soldiers. Get your priorities straight when reporting.

Re “Treasurer takes pride in being accessible,” June 19: What a great explanation of the Ohio treasurer office. The fact that it was written by Josh Mandel (who is, just coincidentally, running for re-election) doesn’t diminish its “facts” in the least (sarcasm intended).

We know that “President” Obama lied multiple times during his campaigns and was elected twice. Why does Ohio agree that lying during an election campaign is acceptable? This is another glaring example of the lack of credibility in our electorate and the downward spiral of our Republic.

There is no outrage to the IRS email scandal because the investigation into this matter by the GOP and Tea Party is all smoke, mirrors and political. The Tea Party wants to get their members into the White House, and the U.S. House and Senate in their attempt to abolish the 16th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, relating to the payment of federal income taxes. I would suggest that the public visit some Tea Party or Patriot web sites as the Tea Party does not want to make the government work better, but wants to dismantle the government.

Is Congress investigating Dr. Oz diet pills and ignoring kids getting killed in their classrooms with assault rifles? Stupid.

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