Rimsha Masih Moves to Canada

We last heard the story of Rimsha Masih back in September 7th of last year. (She was accused of burning the Koran.) And now the Pakistani girl is living in Canada:

A Christian girl who was accused of burning Islam’s holy book in a case that focused international attention on Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws is now in Canada with her family after spending months in hiding, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said.

Rimsha Masih was arrested in August in Islamabad after a Muslim cleric accused her of burning the Quran. The cleric was later accused of fabricating evidence, and the girl was acquitted.

Kenney said he’d been following the case and was prompted to act when a Pakistani contact asked him in January whether the family could come to Canada.

Hope she enjoys Canada and finds it safer than Pakistan. And while we are talking about women from Pakistan, you had better read about Ayesha Farooq, Pakistan’s first female jet jock:

Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, poses for photograph as she sits in a cockpit of a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha, north Pakistan June 6, 2013. Farooq, from Punjab province's historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade - there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. A growing number of women have joined Pakistan's defence forces in recent years as attitudes towards women change.

Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan’s only female war-ready fighter pilot, poses for photograph as she sits in a cockpit of a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha, north Pakistan June 6, 2013. Farooq, from Punjab province’s historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade – there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. A growing number of women have joined Pakistan’s defence forces in recent years as attitudes towards women change.

Pakistani Parents of the Year

Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen Zafar really should be nominated for Pakistani parents of the year. Check that, let’s go with worst parents of the year:

A Pakistani couple accused of killing their 15-year-old daughter by pouring acid on her carried out the attack because she sullied the family’s honor by looking at a boy, the couple said in an interview broadcast Monday by the BBC.

The girl’s death underlines the problem of so-called “honor killings” in Pakistan where women are often killed for marrying or having relationships not approved by their families or because they are perceived to have somehow dishonored their family.

The girl’s parents, Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen, recounted the Oct. 29 incident from jail. The father said the girl had turned to look at a boy who drove by on a motorcycle, and he told her it was wrong.

“She said ‘I didn’t do it on purpose. I won’t look again.’ By then I had already thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way,” the girl’s mother told the British broadcaster.

It was her destiny to die this way? Amazing- hope you rot in jail, Mo and Za. . .

Malala Yousafzai, Young Pakistani Girl

America’s Sergeant Major reminded me that I like to skirt the edges when it comes to topics to post on. I will ignore his use of the inflammatory word skirt (another USMC barb, no doubt), and share the link he sent over. On poor 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai:

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Girl

An attack by Taliban gunmen in north-west Pakistan that wounded a 14-year-old who campaigned for girls’ rights has caused an outcry in the country.

Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head on her way home from school in Mingora, the main town in the Swat Valley.

The president and prime minister have led condemnation of the attack.

Initial reports suggested she was out of danger, but there is growing concern over her condition with some reports saying she may need treatment abroad.

A Pakistani Taliban spokesman told the BBC they carried out the attack.

Once again, there are parts of the world that are primitive and untamed. And not in the Jungle Cruise kinda way, like the ride at Disneyland. That I may/may not have half-fallen into when I was significantly younger. By mistake. Hey, I was a Sailor back then too! And I imagined we were having open-ocean swim quals. Geronimo!

Pardon me, I did not mean to take this girl’s situation lightly. I joke because I don’t know what to say. Perhaps someone needs to look into getting Malala Yousafzai treatment in the States. She is brave. And deserves much better than what she has received in her country.