‘Pakistani’ in French means ‘terrorist’

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  1. Daredevil

    Daredevil On Vacation! Administrator

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    I experienced it again yesterday; I re-lived what it feels like to be accused – accused when you don’t even know why you are being charged. Again, I lived through the humiliation of someone pointing his finger at me and saying,

    “Hey you… You look like a terrorist.”

    The temperature in Lille was cold; six degrees below the freezing point, to be exact. The behaviour of the four men around me was colder.

    I had noticed them the moment I had gotten off the train that had brought me back to Lille from Paris. I thought that I was being over imaginative when I saw the men following me. I entered the small souvenir shop on the platform to look for some fridge magnets. I did not find anything worth buying, so I turned back and came out of the shop and that was when I was stopped by four armed men in uniform who spoke to me in loud French.

    I had no idea what they were saying.

    “I have no idea what you are saying,” I tried to cooperate. “I don’t understand French.”

    And then I heard the dreaded words.

    “Pakistani?” said the short man, while the tall one standing next to me put his hand on my camera bag.

    “Yes,” I replied as calmly as I could. “I am from Pakistan.”

    “What are you doing here?”

    “Just visiting,” I said.

    It was a dumb question.

    “What do you have in the bag?”

    “It’s a camera.”

    Meanwhile, the tall man had already taken the camera off my back and was opening it. A crowd of more than a dozen people had gathered and was looking at the scene. Their English was limited. They were continuously asking me questions in French which I was unable to answer. I shrugged my shoulder in helplessness because that conversation was going nowhere.

    At that very moment, a girl, probably in her mid-twenties, stepped towards us despite the risk that I could have blown up everyone with the ‘bomb’ attached to my body.

    “They are asking you to open your jacket,” she translated for me.

    “Oh, okay.”

    I opened the zip. I was wearing a sweater underneath and a thermal shirt under the sweater. My fault, I feel cold at times.

    The man said something again.

    “He is asking why you had closed the jacket from the front.” The girl translated, and for the remaining conversation she was my voice to them and their voice to me.

    “Because it’s cold,” I said.

    That, too, was a dumb question.

    “Where did you get this camera?”

    “I got the camera from Pakistan and the lenses from Thailand and the UAE.”

    “When did you get it?”

    “I don’t know. Around three years ago, I guess.”

    “Cash or credit?”

    “I don’t know. I don’t recall. Credit card probably. How is that relevant?”

    “Do you have an ID?”

    I opened my wallet and took out all the cards I had – My emirates ID, business card, National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and health insurance.

    The armed men said something to the girl and returned my camera bag to me. The girl said something to them in return. They walked away. The crowd started to disperse.

    “They were asking me if I was with you,” The girl told me. “I told them I was just helping; they told me to tell you to carry your passport in your pocket all the time.”

    “Thank you for your help,” I was genuinely thankful to her. “If you weren’t here, I would have had to spend the night in the lock-up, or probably worse. Merci (thank you).”

    “It’s okay,” She smiled. “I don’t like them.”

    I put on my gloves, my cap, zipped my jacket again and started walking towards the exit.

    It is partly my fault too. When I travel, I usually don’t shave and end up growing thick stubble, despite knowing how I was treated by the Greek embassy in 2010 for having a beard and ‘looking like a terrorist’. Partly that, and partly because when I am a Pakistani, I am answerable to any first world father of my leaders, even if they want to know whether I paid for my camera with a credit card or by cash.

    But I am not exactly certain about what infuriated me.

    Was I humiliated because I was ‘randomly’ chosen for that interrogation?

    Or was it because it was embarrassing to face this on a crowded platform?

    Was I hurt because they were rude?

    No.

    What stung the worst was that it all started with ‘Pakistani’?

    Lille is a beautiful city, but sadly, I will always remember it with a bitter taste in my mouth.

    Apparently ‘Pakistani’ in French means ‘terrorist’ – The Express Tribune Blog
     
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  3. blank_quest

    blank_quest Senior Member Senior Member

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    Feeling Sad for that Chap.. :hmm:
     
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    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

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    When almost all terrorist activities are traced back to the country called as "Pakistan"... its obvious "Paki" or "Pakistani" has become synonym of terrorist.

    The worst is that Pakis are in DENIAL MODE always and not taking actions to do anything and now crying a river being so called "victims".
     
  5. A chauhan

    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    See the bright side of it, a French girl helped him :happy:
     
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    i just wonder whether things could hav been diff. if the man was an Indian instead of a pakistani
     
  7. Iamanidiot

    Iamanidiot Elite Member Elite Member

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    It India it is the biggest insult one can hurl on an Individual
     
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    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

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    Do we read "Indian" termed as "Terrorist" or "Headache for the world" :hmm:
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    was he killed as well?like in austrailia?
     
  10. Mad Indian

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    I am pretty sure that, after a few more Shinde type incidents, Hindus would get the same treatment abroad. Congi Boot licking Libtards would be happy then?!:yey:
     
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    Mad Indian Proud Bigot Veteran Member Senior Member

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    Its happening, rather subtly:thumb:

    Two reasons-

    1. Congi dog's Propaganda about Hindu Terror

    2. Christian missionary Propaganda about their "persecution":rolleyes:
     
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    Mad Indian Proud Bigot Veteran Member Senior Member

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    Dont.... They dont deserve it. None of the ----s do:denied:
     
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    Pakistani in any language means be wary.

    Sad, but true!
     
  14. Bhadra

    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    I have seen much worse treatment of bearded Pakistani "terrorists". One chap was literally striped down till his underwears at Hong Kong airport. I felt very miserable but could not help in any manner.

    Yes, indeed, Pakistani has become another word for "terrorist"....
     
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    You reap what you sow.
     
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    My father was born in Quetta, pre independence and is reflected in his passport. A few years back the immigration officer at Munich advised him to change it some Indian city. His words to effet were : Why do you want to associate your passport with a terrorist designated country and always be on the scrutiny list:
     
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    Pakistani in any language means terrorist not just in french:taunt1::taunt1::taunt1:
     
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    And "Paki" is considered as a abuse/slur worldwide.
     
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    :omg:

    Really. That's shameful, or probably not for Pakis:taunt1:
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    I am very proud of our gendarmerie. They need to profile when we are jihadis preferred target.
     
  21. spikey360

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    The french are just doing their job. As always, terrorists trying to play the victim card.
    The french messed up big time by allowing so many terrorists in their midst in the name of multiculturalism. Now, they are reaping what they've sown.
     
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