Norwegian Left Courts Pakistani VoteWelcome to Eurabia! You know you have entered a strange world when leading politicians from Norway, a country straddling the Arctic Circle and with no colonial history, begin their election campaigns in the Pakistani countryside. I should mention that even our "Conservative" party (Høyre) has been courting the Pakistani vote, but as usual in Europe, the Socialists spare no efforts in their cooperation with Muslims. Leader of the Socialist Left party, Kristin Halvorsen, even praised all the "blood, sweat and tears Pakistanis in Norway have spent on building the country". She talked a little about the status of women, but absolutely nothing about the appalling situation for Pakistan's few remaining Christian and Hindu communities. The Leftist block still retains a narrow lead ahead of our national elections in September. If they win, Halvorsen will become a senior member of our Cabinet:
Norwegian Left Courts Pakistani Vote
On 12 September, Norway elects a new Storting (Parliament). Kristin Halvorsen, the president of the Socialist Left Party SV began her electoral campaign last week with a five-day visit to India and Pakistan. Immigrants make up 3.6% of the Norwegian electorate in the general elections. In Oslo, however, this figure is 12%. For the municipal elections, where everybody who has lived in Norway for three years is entitled to vote, the Oslo figure is 18%. A large part of the Norwegian immigrant population is of Pakistani origin. Most of the Norwegian Pakistanis come from the region of Kharian, a Punjabi town that is sometimes referred to locally as “Little Norway” because so many families have relatives in Norway. Halvorsen hopes that campaigning in Kharian during the holiday season will help her win votes in Norway next month.
Thousands of Pakistani children with Scandinavian citizenship are sent to Koran shcools in Pakistan, to prevent them from becoming "too Westernized". When this practice was documented and criticized by the Norwegian organization Human Rights Service, Pakistanis in Norway had the galls to ask for a school for their children in Pakistan, funded by Norwegian taxpayers. They will probably get it:
Oslo school to teach in Pakistan
Oslo's Lindeberg School will cooperate with two schools in Pakistan next year to help bring Norwegian classes to hundreds of Norwegian-Pakistani children living in Kharian. Halvorsen is just back from a two-week study trip to Pakistan with two colleagues and the dean of teacher education at Oslo University College. In 2005 they will develop a plan for the organization of Norwegian education in Pakistan.
The most famous Norwegian of Pakistani background is incidentally a very Westernized woman, humorist Shabana Rehman. She is known, among other things, for pulling a stunt where she lifted up Mullah Krekar, the controversial former leader of the militant group Ansar al-Islam, who has lived on welfare in Oslo for years. She later declared that she was no longer a stand-up comedienne, but a lift-up comedienne. However, politician Per Sandberg from the Progress Party claims to have received information about possibly tens of thousand of Pakistanis in Norway involved in a network aimed at creating instability within the country. Local Pakistanis also invited the extremist politician Qazi Hussain Ahmed, who has earlier praised Osama bin Laden and been a close backer of the Taliban, to Norway. He was allowed to visit and meet some of our senior Cabinet ministers:
Pakistani politician makes the rounds
Qazi Hussain Ahmed, leader of Pakistan's largest religious party and a member of parliament, arrived in Norway over the weekend after government minister Erna Solberg allowed his visit. Both Belgium and the Netherlands blocked his entry earlier this year, calling him a threat to national security. He refused, however, to discuss human rights with the head of Amnesty International in Norway. "I especially wanted to take up the position of women, who often live under difficult conditions and are subjected to violence," said Petter Eide of Amnesty International. "He didn't want to listen." Eide said Ahmed interpreted a discussion of human rights in Pakistan as "an attack on Islam."
Pakistanis feel so confident in their new colony that Pakistan's ambassador does not hesitate to intimidate even politicians in Norway of Pakistani origins who "step out of line":
Oslo politician felt pressured by Pakistan's ambassador
A member of Oslo's City Council who was born in Pakistan but now holds Norwegian citizenship has twice been called to Pakistan's local embassy. Both times, Pakistan's ambassador to Norway questioned her political standpoints, and now Norway's foreign minister Jan Petersen has been told that she felt pressured. The calls from Pakistan's embassy came after Munir became the first known Muslim woman in Norway to support a proposed ban on the use of head scarves and other religious symbols for youth. She then became a target of criticism within the local Pakistani community. She declined to comment on the issue after receiving several anonymous and bothersome phone calls. Newspaper Aftenposten Aften understands that Pakistan's ambassador, Shahbaz Shahbaz, noted in his second meeting with Munir that she still has family in Pakistan.
Pakistanis in Oslo attacked a man because of what they deemed to be an offensive newspaper article:
Vengeful gang beats up wrong target
As many as 15 Pakistani-Norwegian teenagers attacked a 31-year-old man outside his flat Monday night. They thought he was a journalist who'd written a provocative guide about how to have sex with young Muslim women.