[Originally published on April 07, 2006.]
A few months from now, or perhaps as late as the summer of 2007, I'll have a hearing in front of a Refugee Board in Canada.
Right now, I'm in the process of sending the Canadian government several papers. I've been asked to present documentation (newspaper articles, human rights reports) which details the reasons for my claiming refugee protection in Canada. I've allotted myself around two weeks [deadline: April 24, 2006] to marshal the core evidence for my case.
As I was thinking about the various sources, it hit me: Why not ask you for support? If you've come across any news, op-eds, or similar writings that specifically mentions Pakistan, its people, and the treatment of ex-Muslims there, then let me know. You can leave a comment in this post, send a trackback ping, or email me.
If the Refugee Board rejects my case, then I'll be deported to the country where the adorable top cleric thinks that:
“if a state is truly Islamic” it would have to kill the apostate.
If the Refugee Board grants me protection, then my case could be used as support for future Pakistani ex-Muslims. So, in a way, your help could mean a great deal for a lot of dispirited souls.
It's nice to have my own
Army Division Battalion Company of Davids!
Update April 10, 2006
Many thanks to Aussie Dave.
Update April 11, 2006
I am grateful for the comments and blog posts regarding this serious matter. My family and Muslim friends are not aware of my apostasy. It is thus profoundly moving to get such support and good wishes.
I thank you.