What Privilege Feels like in a Conflict Zone

I was born in Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan, and returned to live there from 2003 to 2010 — i.e., during the most sensitive period the capital has recently experienced, due to the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) siege, a confrontation between Islamic fundamentalist militants (Pakistani Taliban) and the Pakistani government, under Pervez Musharraf’s militant based presidency at the time. The siege took place in July 2007 — however, the effects of its aftermath remained and impacted the capital for quite some time after. It was a fearful era in Pakistan’s recent history. It…