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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

I’d like to start my entry for this week’s challenge by some shots taken of the gorgeous scenery back in my homeland Pakistan. One cannot help being in awe of the infinite beauty of Ayubia, Nathiagali and Murree.

Next I’d like to add a photo I took of the tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa in my adopted city of Dubai. There are no mountains here, but this tower seems to be reaching for the sky on it’s own.

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Daily Prompt: Procrastinate

I haven’t been home for the last 3 years. Not even once since we moved to Dubai.

I always have an excuse. The electricity shutdowns are too much to bear in the heat, the winter is too cold and the security situation is terrible.

I haven’t met my only brother since then. His daughters are so much bigger now. They are even too shy to be seen on Skype.

What is the real reason for not wanting to go back? Am I too used to the comforts of a big house and a maid to do all the work? Will I be uncomfortable in my small house back home?  I’ve lived all my life there, why do the 12 hours a day electricity shutdowns and suicide bombings scare me now? Shouldn’t my son visit his own home and know his own country? He can’t even speak his mother tongue. Shouldn’t I have made more of an effort to teach him? When he speaks the few words he knows he sounds like a foreigner.

Should I plan a trip home in the next holidays? But…

We came to Dubai for a better life and now that we have it I don’t want to look back. If it’s not safe in my country, I don’t want my son to be put in any kind of danger or discomfort. Let me procrastinate a little longer.