Minorities in Pakistan

28th May 2010: In nearly simultaneous attacks against two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan of the minority Ahmadiyya Community during Friday prayers, 94 people were killed and more than 120 were injured

16th February 2013: At least 84 people were killed and 190 injured after a bomb hidden in a water tank exploded at a market on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan; the victims being of the predominantly Shia Hazara community

22nd September 2013: A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old Anglican church in Peshawar, Pakistan after Sunday Mass, killing at least 78 people in the deadliest attack on Christians.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights defines Human rights as follows: “Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status.”

However the minorities of Pakistan are even denied the right to live.

Belonging to one of the most hated minority communities in Pakistan, the news coming out from our bleeding homeland just strengthens our decision: We are not going back.

Things are just going from bad to worse. Who can turn the flow around?

We have been living in Dubai for the last 3 years now. After my son was born, my husband made the decision of applying abroad for a job. He was offered an excellent opportunity and we wasted no time to avail it.

We live in peace and without fear. My son cycles every day to the park nearby and I don’t fear that someday he might not come back.

I worry that he doesn’t eat as much as he should, I worry that he still doesn’t know his phonics, I worry that he doesn’t hold the pen correctly when he writes, but I don’t worry for his life.

It is still true that there are people here as well who spread hatred but they are a few and do not wield the power they have back home. They will not greet us like they would greet others but it is OK. I will teach my son that where there might be some who hate him, there are far more who will love him. Love him for his actions and not worry about his faith.

May God bless every child no matter where he comes from or what his beliefs are. And may God have mercy on my homeland.

“The Human Rights Watch has accused the government of having failed to act against abuses committed by security and intelligence agencies which are letting extremist groups to attack religious minorities….Pakistan’s human rights crisis worsened markedly in 2012 with religious minorities bearing the brunt of killings and repression,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan Director of Human Rights Watch.”

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8 thoughts on “Minorities in Pakistan

  1. This is sad…really a sad thing you just have pointed out. I am not aware of the thought of killings of only the minorities, Don’t you think Muslims are killed in bundles too in Pakistan ?
    And If someone is killing minorities on purpose, I highly condemn it……. This should stop. We Pakistanis Love every other Pakistani. You won’t find hate among the common men…. These people are someone else who want to spread hatred.

    • Yes it’s true that people are also killed indiscriminately in bomb blasts all over Pakistan. But minorities are specifically targeted. Have you read the common Pakistani on social networking sites? Full of hate. I don’t know why it is like that but somewhere along the line we lost our way…

  2. Thinking about it in this point, of killing and targeting children is an awful idea, yet it’s happening. I do hope it ends soon and as of the question of who can stop it, that will be up to the people who have the courage to harm other people. Great post. 🙂

    • Suicide bombers are used to target groups or just spread terror. They are deadly both ways and difficult to stop. Poverty breeds terror. Where there is poverty it is easy to brainwash people into becoming suicide bombers. The only way is to alleviate poverty and to promote education.

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