Friday, 4 March 2011

They came for me and there was no one left to do anything about it in Pakistan!

"First they arrested the Communists - but I was not a Communist, so I did nothing.

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, 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.

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.

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
Another fellow tweep asked a question that is so pertinent to 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

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