“First they came” with a Pakistani Twist

The original poem is attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) and laments the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Although the targeted groups are different, the same poem can be applied to Pakistan.

First they came for the Ahmadis, and I did not speak out– Because I was not an Ahmadi,

Then they came for the Hindus and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Hindu .

Then they came for the Shi’ites and the Christians, and I did not speak out– Because I was neither a Shia nor a Christian.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

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