We Pakistanis are a very caring nation and constantly worry for the plight of others– the Muslims in India (Kashmir), the Muslims in Palestine, etc are always on our thoughts and very visible on our Facebook walls too. We don’t care for the ill-treated Muslims in China though.That could be perhaps because China is Pakistan’s “friend” and friends should always overlook each other’s faults.

We feel for the Muslims being treated savagely by ISIS but not the ones in Saudi Arabia. We indeed are good friends.

However, when it comes to our own backyard, we tend to see things a little differently. We have to first determine the worth and valueof the person.If the person was in fact a Muslim and if he was, was he a bad Muslim or a good one, and most importantly, did he belong to the right sect?

Ahmadis are a No-Never-Ever-Go area. By law, they are not allowed to call themselves Muslims, which means that you should not speak up for them no matter what. They are the wrong type of Muslims or rather ‘not Muslims’ so any savage act and/or persecution against them is not – and should not be – condemned.

What more proof do you want when Pakistan’s First Nobel Prize winner Abdus Salam is virtually a nobody because he was an Ahmadi? While other countries celebrate the life and work of such people, his birthday (29th January) came and went without any recognition.

He has a route named after him in Switzerland.In Pakistan he has a defaced epitaph.

Which takes us to the yet another blood soaked incident.This time the murder of 60 Shias at an imambargah in Shikarpur.The suicide bombing took place onthe 30th of January. You would think a country that was so barbarically attacked by terrorists killing numerous kids not so long ago would be empathetic towards such acts of terrorism on their soil. But no,the response, if anything was not even lukewarm. With very little initial coverage given on TV and literally nohonest condemnations from the government, a clear signal was given. They are Shias and no one cares.

It is no secret that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Ahle-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) are the main culprits when it comes to the murder of Shias around the country and yet not much is done to restrain them, let alone arrest them.Not by the government and not by others in power either.

Which takes me to our people – our regular day-to-day people. We scream our throats sore when it comes to Palestine, when it comes to Kashmir, when it comes to any Muslim from another country especially when another non-Muslim factor is involved but we feel nothing when it concerns Shias (and Ahmadis) being killed.

We say nothing. We condemn nothing. We don’t change our profile pictures to black to indicate mourning like we did for others. We don’t put little quotes about the Shia kids’ coffins being heavy.

We feel safe in our homes that it is they who are being targeted and not us.

Remember when the terrorist attacks used to take place in other countries, and on the outskirts? We felt safe that it is theywho are being attacked and not us. So we did nothing, and now it takes place in our cities, in our mosques, in our schools, in our airports, and in our homes, killing our people.

Remember how speaker for religion JunaidJamshed never spoke up to help others in cases of blasphemy? He now hides in fear of his life because hein turn was accused of blasphemy.

Right now, it is the Ahmadis and Shias and they are out there on their own. Soon enough, the gun will change direction and point at us.What will we do then?

Martin Niemöller wrote a poem once about the cowardice of Germans regarding Nazis coming to power. If I change a few of the words, it would fit us as a nation perfectly.

First they came for other non-Muslims, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a non-Muslim.

Then they came for the Ahmadis, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not an Ahmadi.

Then they came for the Shias, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Shia.

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