Qasim Rashid

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President Trump walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday in Washington. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

President Trump’s anti-Muslim tweets really bring me back to the past — to an era in Pakistan when demonization of a religious minority led to devastation of an entire country.

I was born in Pakistan. Like America, Pakistan was founded as a democratic republic, guaranteeing secular governance and universal religious freedom. But in 1987, only 40 years after our country’s birth, my family and I left to escape religious persecution.

What happened?

Pakistani President Mohammed Zia ul-Haq executed a military coup to come to power. Among his first actions, Zia signed an executive order targeting Pakistan’s Ahmadiyya Muslim minority — to which we belonged — prescribing fines, arrest and even death should we dare practice our faith.…  Seguir leyendo »