Taliban blew up Asif’s Internet café and attacked his church, so he fled from Pakistan to Denmark, but now he fears for his family every time he hears about attacks in Pakistan.
Asif owned an Internet cafe in Pakistan, but he received many threats from the Taliban, because it was against sharia law, they said. After a few months of the threats, his Internet café was blown up on 12th March 2009 and he lost everything that had he had worked for all his life. After this Asif and his family’s life had no other option than moving to another place in the capital Peshawar.
No school because of Taliban’s bombs
Today Asif is safe in Denmark, but he gets scared every time he hears about bombs in Pakistan: ”Ever since I left Pakistan my heart sinks every time I hear about the attacks in Pakistan – especially the ones that are around my home town. There was a bomb blast in Bannu Peshawar on a Christian school, where 132 children were killed inhumanely (…) These are the reasons I have stopped my son and daughter from going to school. I really don’t know if my family is safe back home.”
Failed to protect the Christian Church
After Asif lost his Internet café in 2009, he became a member of All Saints Church, but again where were attacks by the Taliban. This time it was done by two suicide bombers on and killed 152 people.
”After this attack the bishop and I made a security plan that would protect our Church and our selves, and it should not rely on the local authorities. After putting this plan in action we planned that Joseph Maish and I would take the first round on a Sunday church mass. The first day we did the security check for the Sunday morning mass, a car came around the corner and started shooting at them. By the grace of God I was saved, but we lost a very brave man, brother Joseph Maish.”
Later that day Asif received a call, that told him he survived today, but that he wouldn’t do that next time. This is the reason he fled from Pakistan and now is living in an asylum centre in Denmark.