Suffering Minorities

On Aug 24 about three thousand Pakistani Muslim immigrants gathered at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece waving their national flag high, shouting slogans and showing solidarity against racist attacks and police brutality. A high influx of illegal immigrants in the European Union has given rise to anti-immigrant Golden Dawn supporters accused of violent attacks on the minority community. The police continue their operations by arresting the undocumented immigrants.

That same day five hundred Pakistanis arrived in Karachi after being deported from Oman. They were detained on charges of illegal economic migration and allowed to return home after a month.

As more and more Pakistanis struggle to improve their lives by protesting for their rights and migrating to other countries in search for better opportunities, the fate of minorities and immigrants in Pakistan remains bleak.

Photos portray the inhabitants of Mehrabad lingering around a mosque near the locked family house of Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl reportedly suffering from Down ’s syndrome who was recently detained in solitary confinement amidst accusations of blasphemy.

Pakistan is also a host to the world’s largest and longest-running refugee population of about 1.7 million Afghans. They live in dire conditions with a third of them residing in camps while the rest are scattered all over the country. Recently the Pakistani government is debating whether to remove their refugee status — a step that would pressure them to go home.

Pakistani residents gather outside the house of Rimsha Masih a Christian girl, who was arrested for allegedly burning pages inscribed with verses from the Koran. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani residents gather outside the house of Rimsha Masih a Christian girl, who was arrested for allegedly burning pages inscribed with verses from the Koran. ? Photo by AFP
Returning Pakistani migrants sit on a kerb at the city
Returning Pakistani migrants sit on a kerb at the city's port in Karachi after being detained in Oman for a month. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani migrants walk away from the wharf at the city
Pakistani migrants walk away from the wharf at the city's port in Karachi after being deported for illegal economic immigration. ? Photo by AFP
Hafiz Khalid Chishti, the Imam of a local mosque, looks on during an interview in Mehrabad. The Pakistani cleric who handed over Rimsha Masih to police on blasphemy charges claimed that he did so to protect her from mob violence. ? Photo by AFP
Hafiz Khalid Chishti, the Imam of a local mosque, looks on during an interview in Mehrabad. The Pakistani cleric who handed over Rimsha Masih to police on blasphemy charges claimed that he did so to protect her from mob violence. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani Muslims leave the Imainia mosque following congregational Friday prayers in Mehrabad. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani Muslims leave the Imainia mosque following congregational Friday prayers in Mehrabad. ? Photo by AFP
Thousands of protesting Pakistani immigrants in Greece gather at Central Syntagma Square, Athens. ? Photo by AFP
Thousands of protesting Pakistani immigrants in Greece gather at Central Syntagma Square, Athens. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani immigrants protest against the recent violent attacks on immigrants by ultra nationalist groups and the police operations in order to arrest undocumented immigrants. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani immigrants protest against the recent violent attacks on immigrants by ultra nationalist groups and the police operations in order to arrest undocumented immigrants. ? Photo by AFP
Thousands of immigrants, mainly from Pakistan, gather at Athens to protest against recent attacks on immigrants by ultra nationalist groups and police operations in order to arrest undocumented immigrants.  ? Photo by AFP
Thousands of immigrants, mainly from Pakistan, gather at Athens to protest against recent attacks on immigrants by ultra nationalist groups and police operations in order to arrest undocumented immigrants. ? Photo by AFP
 Young Pakistani girls walk past Rimsha
Young Pakistani girls walk past Rimsha's house in a slum area of Islamabad. ? Photo by AFP
An Afghan refugee youth, pulls a wooden cart parked with other carts next to other refugees sleep on beds. ? Photo by AP
An Afghan refugee youth, pulls a wooden cart parked with other carts next to other refugees sleep on beds. ? Photo by AP
An Afghan refugee sleeps outside his home, to escape the heat trapped in his home during the summer months. ? Photo by AP
An Afghan refugee sleeps outside his home, to escape the heat trapped in his home during the summer months. ? Photo by AP
Two Afghan refugee girls sit by the door way of a home in an alley of a slum. ? Photo by AP
Two Afghan refugee girls sit by the door way of a home in an alley of a slum. ? Photo by AP
Sajida Chamman, looks on while she and other girl play on a wooden cart. ? Photo by AP
Sajida Chamman, looks on while she and other girl play on a wooden cart. ? Photo by AP
An Afghan refugee girl walks toward other girls in an alley. ? Photo by AP
An Afghan refugee girl walks toward other girls in an alley. ? Photo by AP
An Afghan refugee, Doost Hamid, bathes at a water point. ? Photo by AP
An Afghan refugee, Doost Hamid, bathes at a water point. ? Photo by AP

Comments (27) (Closed)


insaan
Aug 25, 2012 03:57pm
Look who is talking?? what about the minorities in Pakistan?? how many being kidnaped, raped and slaughtered everyday?? and where are the protest?? bunch of hypocretes, shame on you!
noor
Aug 27, 2012 01:51am
legal immigrants enjoying their lives in Europe and getting full social benefits, which they only dreamed in Islamic countries, where zakat is being used in elections
Sehr Sehrish
Aug 26, 2012 09:02am
When u will treat your minoriteis in Pakistan like the way u have treated Aasia Bibi, Rimsha and many others, same treatment will be made with you where you are in minority in other parts of the world..its natural
muneer ahmed
Aug 27, 2012 09:44am
Pakistan should respect its own minorities. It is a pity that an innocent and illiterate christian girl is persecuted for blasphemy. civilized societies should raise their voice against such an uncivilized act. M.A.Adil
Abdul Rahman
Aug 26, 2012 01:09am
.Pakistanis has no right to say any thing about the violence against muslims in western countries. What is the situation of minorities in Pakistan who born in Pakistan. Imigrants sittuation in western countries are far better than that. Pakistan is playing nasty religion. All the pakistanis should be expelled from western countries.
Mohammad Azeez Khan
Aug 26, 2012 01:20am
iska to shakal dekhne laiq ka bhi nahi hai. Ghin aati hai aisi molvi par
does not matter
Aug 26, 2012 01:21am
these all should be deported to Pakistan ASAP before they breed like parasites and infect rest of the greece
Lorraine
Aug 26, 2012 04:50pm
Those photos all seem to be of men and children ... it seems the women must want peace
Lorraine
Aug 26, 2012 04:52pm
One often hears of "Islamo-phobia" (fear of Islam)... I recently heard a new word .. "Islamo-nausea" (sick of Islam) ... the new word seemed to make more sense.
Bob, USA
Aug 25, 2012 06:00pm
I am gald that PakistaniMuslims can ask for freedom in a Wester nation. Do they also demsotrate to eliminate the discriminatory laws for the minorities in their country?
shahid
Aug 27, 2012 05:21pm
yes i agree treat them as they treat their minorities in pakistan
Kandaswamy
Aug 25, 2012 08:37pm
After going through those 15 photos. I see no future for them and Pakistan too. I believe Pakistan as an idea based on religion was wrong. It has to be taken to its logical conclusion.
Faraz
Aug 25, 2012 08:37pm
Shame on us Pakistani and the Muslims of the world. How are we treating our minorities???? The draconian blasphemy law, forced conversions of Hidu girls, killing of Ahmadis/Shias.... We are very vocal in protesting against burqa and our "rights" in western world, but look at our own country...what a hyporacy and what a shame...
Smarty
Aug 26, 2012 06:44am
Look who is saying? Is there any countries where minorites are torchered, raped, killed, forcefully converted more than Pakistan?
Raj
Aug 27, 2012 04:41pm
They get in a illegal immigrants, bribe officials or marry local women and they start breed like pigs to create a Islamic Greece. Why are there no Pakistani women in the crowd ? Because they are not allowed to marry non-muslims.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 26, 2012 12:58am
I think the Western World has already shown it's reaction to Pakistan.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 26, 2012 12:57am
GOD Said, "Be fruitful and multiple. Paradise won't be this crowded." Pakistan is on trial.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 26, 2012 12:49am
The Greeks were occupied by the Ottomans for 400 years. They will show Pakistanis and Muslims no mercy. A Black man told me once, " I don't want to live where I am not wanted." The Greeks and Turks don't like Arabs or their supporters. The Greeks and Turks fought in the Korean War against the Chinese. The Greeks and Turks have crack mountain battalions and special forces. Right now the Turkish Army are killing Kurdish rebels 3 for 1 - even in an ambush the Kurds are still losing 2 men for 1. If you are not Greek you have no rights in Greece. Believe me it is an illusion.
Gerry D'Cunha
Aug 25, 2012 02:16pm
Looking at the present sufferings of minorities in Pakistan, I am sure the western world will show its reaction with the Pakistanis
zeal
Aug 26, 2012 01:44pm
What goes around, comes around....methinks the Pakis doth protest too much
zeal
Aug 26, 2012 02:15pm
Treat Pakistani Muslims way they reat minorities.....they shouldn't complain at this fair policy
zeal
Aug 26, 2012 01:47pm
wow...what goes around comes around
zohaib
Aug 26, 2012 11:42am
Come out of dreams brother. If you are disappointed than please stop visiting the news related to Pakistan!
Loyalist
Aug 27, 2012 01:34am
The land of Pakistan should be handed over to British to rule for next 100 years to clean up the malaises accumulated over last 65 years.
Azhar
Aug 29, 2012 03:10am
Indians should not forget how they are treated in Australia and other parts of the world. Sorry to say that they are treated as LAA'NAT, which as spread all over the world. Before pass remarks on Pakistanis, they should check their status around the world. People do travel abroad and migrate for the search of better living standards. India has the largest migration number to all over the world. For the last many years, Europeans, Canadians, Australians and Americans have been migrating to South East Asia and China for better jobs and do not want to go back to their own countries.
Virendra Kaul
Aug 27, 2012 04:46am
I am surprised as to why there were no demonstrations in Muskat by illegal immigrants recently deported by Oman government.
Azhar
Aug 29, 2012 03:00am
Still Pakistan is one of the best living countries in the world. Pakistanis are proud of Pakistan. What they need to do is to defeat the enemies at large scale. Law and enforcement agencies have to do utmost to flush the terrorists and extremists funded by our enemies from abroad. We are United. Should not point out just one case of Rimsha, she will get fair trial and will not be punished being a minor. Court has a verdict already. The world should first listen to the misery of Kashmiris first before they talk about minorities rights in Pakistan. Pakistan is bound to fix minorities rights.