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Islamist-Friendly Canada, Eh?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in San Francisco on a US tour (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in San Francisco on a US tour (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Once upon a time, voices were heard in Pakistan. The city of Karachi was facing a growing Talibanization in the suburban ghettos. Yet, no one did anything about it.

So, the major Taliban leaders found safe havens in Karachi’s suburbs: Sohrab Goth, Al-Asif Square and many other densely populated areas.

Lower middle-class areas weren’t the only sanctuaries for these extremists. The menace spread to the posh areas as well, starting a new wave of street crime, bank robberies and kidnappings for large ransoms. The financial hub of the country became the financial life line for terrorism. Still, no action against it was taken against it.

Karachi, known as the “City of Lights” (because of its rich nightlife) had become Islamist-friendly, giving sanctuary to extremists and becoming the main resource for their recruitment and financing.

This wave of extremism grew constantly bigger. Implementing a smart strategy, the extremists did a complete makeover, emerging as clean shaven and making investments in other parts of the world that were ripe to sink their teeth into.

These rich Islamists had already sent their children to be educated in First World countries (the madrassa system was for the poor, not their own). Upon completion of their studies, their offspring managed to secure “permanent resident” cards in Canada and acquire similar statuses in other countries.

Canada, being an easy and welcoming country, became the breeding ground for their activities.

These children eventually sponsored their parents. Not all used this immigration path. Some used their own money and the power that came with it to secure entrepreneur business class immigration. Others came through regular channels.

Soon we saw Pakistan’s national carrier bringing planeloads of clean-shaven, extremists to Canada. The majority of them chose to settle down in the vibrant city of Mississauga, an extension of the greater Toronto area.

This sweet poison spread quietly into Canadian society for years. No one noticed until a number of recent events triggered these sleeper cells, catching the attention of concerned Canadians who raised their voices. But in Islamist-friendly Canada (as well as in the Islamist-friendly Canadian government), these voices went unheard.

After the Conservative Party’s defeat in the elections, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took over the reins. He seemed mostly busy in image building and maintaining his celebrity status — taking selfies, colorful wardrobe engagements, eating biryani (spicy rice) with the mullahs in religious palaces (i.e. mosques) built in the city.

For these new Canadians, Trudeau’s election was a fantasy come true.

During the first year of the Liberal party’s government, Iqra Khalid, a member of the parliament with Pakistani origins, introduced motion M103 that calls upon the Canadian government to “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.”

While her motion claimed, in a vague and general way, to be equally worried about virulent anti-Semitism and persecution of Christians, it mentioned only Islamophobia by name.

Lorne Gunter, a columnist at the Toronto Sun, rightfully asked: “Who gets to define ‘Islamophobia?’ Does it mean an irrational fear of all Muslims based on a very real fear of several thousand radicals who truly do want to harm Western democracy? Or does it mean the much broader, politically-correct concept of Islamophobia, namely that anyone questioning whether Islam is a religion of peace is guilty of Islamophobia?”

On my personal social media posts recently, I started noticing verbal abuse and hate by some of these new fellow Canadians of Pakistani origin.

Their main target were my posts concerning issues of human rights violations and extra-judicial killings by state organs in Pakistan as well as my condemnation of right-wing mullahs who are spreading hate against Christians, Ahmadis and other religious minorities.

“The evolution from online hate to serious acts of politically-motivated violence with the intention of intimidating the public, or a segment of the public regarding its sense of security, could be considered a terrorism offense,” states one government report.

To my haters on social media, I would like to remind them that you are now living in Canada. Your extremist activities, threats and violations of the Canadian charter will not go unnoticed, as a record is being compiled with help of like-minded friends (Pakistanis and Canadians) who love peace in the world.

We will not allow Canada to become a fertile ground for extremism and will continue our battle for the fundamental rights of every human being as per the human rights treaties that all civilized nations have signed and which Canada believes in – in letter and spirit.

For the time being, during Trudeau’s soft-hearted leadership, it seems to have become easy to perpetrate hateful activities online, but it’s not going to last. Canada will wake up and stop being the Islamist friendly country it has become.

 

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Anis Farooqui
The writer is a social and civil right activist who is vocal on human rights violations across the globe. He works as a host and producer at a leading news channel in North America. He can be reached at [email protected] and tweets @anis_farooqui  

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