Heartbreaking tale of an Afghan migrant who loves Pakistan but he has to leave

Afghan Refugees Camp in Pakistan


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Life in itself is ironic, where we live only to die. Likewise we, the humans always claim that “there are bound to be two sides of a story” but ironically we often consider one side of story while turning a blind eye to the other flip side altogether. This shows clear contradiction between what is said and hence done. Afghan Refugees, after having stayed here for more than three decades or so are packing their belongings and heading back to their home country. The scenarios which led to this move was the increased number of delinquencies and resultantly chaotic law and order situation of Pakistan.

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Pakistanis might be happy with their moving back but we are forgetting to look at the flip side of the story here. The side that belongs to the emotions and sentiments of Afghanis. Abdullah Niazi, one among those millions of Afghan migrants out there, is bound to head back to his country where his roots lies but he was born and brought up in Pakistan. According to him, his family migrated from Afghanistan and had been living in Pakistan for the past 37 years which makes it difficult for him to seek farewell to this country. In a very melancholic turn of events he can be quoted as saying,

I was born and brought up in Pakistan, I was pursuing my education in one of the institutes of Peshawar for the degree of Professional Accountancy and now I am merely saying goodbye to this country.

His words are so pure and genuine that his profound love for Pakistan could be truly felt. Keeping aside the crisis of refugee situation, the worthy refugees could have proved to be a great asset to Pakistan but only if we could pick right from the wrong ones.

I love Pakistan as I have lived my whole life here. Shahid Afridi is my cricket hero. My friends tease me by saying things about him because I get outrageous on any remark that goes against him,” further saying, “At times, police did used to bother us but fellow citizens never said any harsh thing to hurt us. Yeah! At times some people did taunt us too but that is common for every ethnic group do say things about each other, don’t they? On the whole people treated us nicely and we are utterly thankful to them for that.

This shows how ingrained their roots in Pakistan have become while also not denying the facts that many have become loyal to the country that gave them shelter in the times of their utter need. But according to Niazi, it was in the recent past that people started maltreating them for the prevailing unrest in the country while also blaming them for becoming allies with India.

You people hate Pakistan, you have burned the flag of Pakistan, you refugees have killed our major, commenting about the kind of remarks he faces, and whenever I come across such remarks, this utter superficiality tickles me in the pit of my stomach while also saddening me at the same time, wondering how easy it is to provoke Muslims.

According to Niazi Pakistan and Afghanistan are inseparable. The two nations have same identity, the identity of being Muslims. And also on the basis of same heroes we share, like those of Ghauri, Abdali and Ghaznavi.

It’s by the fate of Allah that no one can separate the two nations, not even some Mr. Mortimer Durand

In a heated argumentative tone he puts forward certain grave questions which are hard to be responded and thus reciprocated. In a satirical tone Abdullah said,

Pakistanis blame us for befriending their enemy India, I ask, how can you forget that our nation is bei
ng led by John Kerry while his two ministers are Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah. They are being America’s subordinates same as that of Pakistan’s leaders.

He very well pointed out how India tried to support them while they most needed it in the state of war. But denying the allegations that they love India he said,

Why would we hold someone so dear who have absolutely no regards for Muslims. They are the ones who mass murders Muslims. They did come to Afghanistan in 2000-2001 but now they are nowhere to be seen.But I dare ask why did you unite with our enemy, giving them way to invade on our land while they killed thousands of innocent Afghanis, crippling the generations to come. How can then someone blame only us?

On a concluding note Niazi said,

I am leaving this country with a void in my heart. Naivety of Muslims distresses me. It is very saddening that we are being sent to our country which is occupied. Whereas it is obligatory upon Muslims from Allah to help those in need. I have nothing against those who have in any way hurt me. And I am also free from the burden of what Afghanis did to Pakistanis.

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Despising the mere boundary walls, in his opinion, are mere false assumption of distinction.

My country is yours and yours mine. No boundary or any visa can deprive me of my right neither can it take away any such right from you my brother. Every country is mine because every country is that of my God’s.

While still somewhat hopeful he said,

Soon we will all unite Inshaa’Allah, but for that we have to rid ourselves of the so called leaders only then can the distinction of borders be erased

If it makes it any better for Afghan refugees, recently a toll-free number has been issued to register harassment cases at the hands of police or anyone in power or even general public. All Afghan refugees with proof of registration can contact IGP in case if any police personnel demands bribes. Strict actions are said to be taken against any proven culprit. The number would be operational 24/7.

We can’t though realize the hard times they might be going through even if we pretend to be in their shoes, because it is eventually the one going through a certain state of affairs that knows the real worth of an otherwise situation. Pakistan is the second most refugees bearing country. We did welcome Afghanis with an open heart when they most needed us but had the law and order situation of country been any better we wouldn’t have asked them to leave in first place. The least we can do however, is to stop taunting and criticizing them and be instead kind to the departing immigrants.

What are your remarks, being a sensible citizen of Pakistan, about the misery that the innocent ones are going through? Do let us know.

This article originally appeared on IBC Urdu.