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Racial Profiling?

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Why was Saif Khan (a Pakistani citizen) called to the US embassy in Chile on May 10th, 2010? No clarifications provided, but a mess created.  Upon investigations, Interpol and all other agencies have clearly reported that there is nothing against Saif Khan. He was called to the US embassy Santiago based on some sort of baseless suspicion because he was a Muslim or a Pakistani? This paranoia must end!

Saif Khan already had US visa and had twice traveled to the United States. In January 2010, he was in the United States. He admired the values of freedom and justice that United States stands for. He has friends and family in the US, yet there were baseless suspicions against him that have not been clarified. A student, a Pakistani, a Muslim became victim of racial profiling?

Nobody can understand the anguish and pain Saif and his family has been through due to someone’s mistake. Desiring only to pursue a decent future through education, Saif ended up being in international news headlines for all the wrong reasons. There is no way to quantify the great injustice that has been done. Already, four months of his precious time has been wasted when a person of his age aspires to start a career, wanting to live a decent life. The emotional distress caused to the family members and friends would take years to overcome. Friends and family of Saif only have words of peace and prayer for the misguided who engaged in such injustice. Do all human beings not have a right to live equally in peace and be seen without religious and national bias?

It is pertinent to add here with all our conviction that we as human beings (especially Muslims and Pakistanis) must not blind our vision and fall prey to the same disease of stereotyping an entire country and community as evil and unjust. This would equate us to a small group of  people which may have caused this entire injustice. In no way should this case be a cause for anti-Americanism and blaming the entire United States and its people. Stereotyping and negativity has no place for Saif and his supporters. While we do raise our voice against an injustice, we are cognizant of the fact that just as we Muslims and Pakistanis, there are millions of Americans, Chileans and other peace loving people in the world who would never tolerate injustice to anyone.

  1. September 20, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Racial profiling mainly targets Eastern/Pakistani Muslim aged 18-45. This brazen facet deceit must end. Instead of wrongfully targeting our youth, the US government must do something about the skeleton in its own closet. I pray that justice gets served in Saif’s case. Our prayers and wishes are with him and his family.

  2. safwan
    September 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Inshallah justice will prevail ….

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