"First they arrested the Communists - but I was not a Communist, so I did nothing.Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States tweeted this statement in the aftermath of assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Federal Minister for Minorities in Pakistan and a leading Christian politician. His crime - he along with the assassinated Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer recommended a review of Blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Both paid the price with their lives.
Then they came for the Social Democrats - but I was not a Social Democrat, so I did nothing.
Then they arrested the trade unionists - and I did nothing because I was not one.
And then they came for the Jews and then the Catholics, but I was neither a Jew nor a Catholic and I did nothing.
At last they came and arrested me - and there was no one left to do anything about it."
Rev. Martin Niemoeller, Nazi Prison Survivor
Hussain Haqqani's tweets about Rev. Martin Niemoeller struck a chord with me. I could see the present day Pakistan and its people vividly in the Rev. Niemoeller's statement. Let me rewrite what I read:
First they killed the Shias - but I was not a Shia, so I did nothing.Another fellow tweep asked a question that is so pertinent to Pakistan
Then they came for the Ahmadis - but I was not an Ahmadi, so I did nothing.
Then they killed the Christians - and I did nothing because I was not one.
And then they came for the Mohajirs and then the working women, but I was neither a Mohajir nor a working woman and I did nothing.
At last they came for me - and there was no one left to do anything about it." - Surviving citizens of Pakistan
Question: What have you done today that you know added to your own character?
Possible answer from Pakistan would be: While one courageous voice after another was being brutally silenced, I stayed quiet