'You have sacrificed nothing and no one': Father of Pakistani-American war hero to Trump

By AFP
Published: July 29, 2016
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Muslim American Khizr Khan, whose son Humayun was killed while serving in the US Army. PHOTO: INUSANEWS

Muslim American Khizr Khan, whose son Humayun was killed while serving in the US Army. PHOTO: INUSANEWS

The father of a Muslim US soldier killed in Iraq accused Donald Trump of vilifying patriotic American Muslims while “sacrificing nothing” himself, in a steely rebuke that electrified the Democratic convention Thursday.

Khizr Khan — whose son Humayun died in a 2004 suicide bombing in Baquba — admonished the Republican presidential nominee for his plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

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“Tonight we are honored to stand here as parents of Captain Humayun Khan and as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to the country,” he said, stirring delegates who had watched a video tribute to his son in captivated silence.

“If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America,” he said. “Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims.”

“Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with their future, let me ask you — have you even read the United States Constitution?” he said, brandishing a copy to loud cheers.

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“I will gladly lend you my copy!” Khan said, demanding Trump look for the word “liberty” and consult the 14th amendment, which guarantees equal protection before the law.

“Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery?” he demanded, as many in the audience were moved to tears. “Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities.”

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“You have sacrificed nothing, and no one!” he said.

Watch the full speech below:

 

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Fahim
    Jul 29, 2016 - 11:45AM

    So much power and heat coming outRecommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 29, 2016 - 4:28PM

    What worries ‘ western societies ‘ is that their liberal laws and constitutional protections should not be abused …….. and their fears are real.Recommend

  • Mahakaalchakra
    Jul 29, 2016 - 5:54PM

    Editor, he is from UAE, not Pakistan. This is how he was introduced on the stage during the convention.Recommend

  • A sane mind
    Jul 29, 2016 - 6:20PM

    In a society, there are always few who cross the line. But it does not mean that majority should be punished for that. No society, even Indian and Hindu society is 100% perfect. It is called being human. Learn to accept it. As to what is happening in the world, it is all international political drama. Don’t get carried away with it, you’ll lose the focus and develop [email protected]: Recommend

  • AJ
    Jul 29, 2016 - 8:45PM

    @Mahakaalchakra

    Go read the news. He immigrated from UAE becasue thats where he was working but it does not change his original nationality.

    Although he was born in The United Arab Emirates, Humayun Khan was of Pakistani heritage. The press release about his funeral said, “His colleagues and superiors remembered him for his courage, honesty, sense of humor and grace while in the field, even under pressure. Captain Khan’s colleagues eulogized his exemplary services and praised him for the leadership he provided to his troops.”

    A Muslim chaplain spoke at the funeral about “the ethnically-diverse group that had come to pay its respects to Captain Khan,” who was described in the release as “one amongst the growing number of Pakistani Americans in the U.S. Army.”Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Jul 29, 2016 - 9:29PM

    @Mahakaalchakra:
    Sure looks South Asian rather than Arab !Recommend

  • Goody
    Jul 29, 2016 - 10:31PM

    No Arab is called Khan nor they give citizenship to non Arabs. He is originally from Pakistan. He might have been working in uae before migrating to [email protected]:Recommend

  • DumpTrump
    Jul 30, 2016 - 1:18AM

    Chachu, Do you remember your Pakistani brother and sister – the dynamic duo – of San Bernardino. Are they also buried in Arlington cemetery – they also sacrificed themselves. To whom? Do you know.Recommend

  • Titan
    Jul 30, 2016 - 1:23AM

    @Goody: The family was introduced at the DNC as being originally from UAE. Maybe they did not want to be introduced as being from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ibnul H. Rizvi
    Jul 30, 2016 - 6:08AM

    Before Mr. Khizr Khan came on the podium, he was introduced by a written message from Mrs. Hilary Clinton that he was from UAE. There was no mention of Pakistan. Mr. Mahakalchakra confirms this. The omission of Pakistan was deliberate. It is so unfortunate that we Pakistanis grieve with Mr. Khizr, and feel honored by his son’s sacrifice and proud of it, he ignored his Pakistan’s connection. Trump suspects people of Pakistan origin, he had his opportunity to point his finger like he did many times and told Trump that my son was. Muslim and a Pakistani-American.Recommend

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