Arif Aajikia is a Pakistan-born, French Citizen of Indian origin, living in the UK. His father was born in Ajak, Gujarat (that’s why he is Aajakia) & mother in Bantva, Gujarat.
|Born||21 May 1964, Pakistan in a Muslim Muhajir Family|
|Age||57 years old (as of 2020)|
|Famous as||Human Rights Activist and a YouTuber|
|Marital status||Married (14-Feb-1999)|
|Nationality||Pakistani, French (1996)|
|Currently lives in||Brussels, Belgium, London (since 2012), United Kingdom|
Arif was born in Karachi in 1964, Mr. Mohammed Arif Aajakia as a Muslim. He reverted (Ghar Wapasi) back to Hinduism in February 2022. He is a human rights activist and has been working to inform the world community about the violations of Human & minority rights in Pakistan.
Mr. Arif Aajakia started his primary school in Karachi and completed his secondary schooling by 1980 and graduated from Karachi University.
He also studied at Brussels School of International Studies, Belgium, Graduated from Ecole Européenne de Bruxelles (European School, Brussels I (ESB1) a European School located in Uccle, Brussels, Belgium).
His search for a dignified life beyond Pakistan
Due to prevailing injustice in Pakistan meted out to Mohajirs, he could not get a good job in Karachi. Mohajirs are those migrants, who migrated from India to Pakistan in 1947.
Even their 2nd & third generations were called Mohajirs (immigrants), a social blot of the sort, and were maltreated in Pakistan.
His parents migrated were to Pakistan in 1947, after the partition of India. His father was from Ajak, a village in Junagarh, Gujarat, India, and his mother was from Bantva, Junagarh, Gujarat, India.
He always questions his father, why we moved to Pakistan when India and Hindus are a great community. Mr. Aajakia’s parents loved India very much but due to the situations in the region, were compelled to migrate to Karachi, which they always regretted and showed their feelings for their motherland, when they narrated stories of their childhood in India.
This indifferent attitude of the Government and the Society of Pakistan shocked Mr. Aajakia who then decided to migrate to Sharjah, UAE in 1988 to work with the National Bank of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE.
Mr. Arif spent the first few years of his childhood in Karachi but his family moved to Saudi Arabia in 1973 for four years as his father took a job in Saudi Arabian central Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
In 1977 they moved back to Karachi, where he completed his secondary schooling by 1980. In 1983 he got his first job in the Karachi branch of Bank of Tokyo alongside being a private student in Bachelor of Commerce from Karachi University.
After appearing for the final exams of Bachelor of Commerce from Karachi University, Mr. Aajakia went to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to work for Riyad Bank from 1984 to 1987. He has to again move back to Karachi due to his mother’s sickness.
The search for a dignified life for himself and his family did not end there. In fact, it all began. In 1990, he decided to move to Europe and came to Belgium to start a new life. While living in Belgium in 1996 he obtained French citizenship. Until 1999 he lived in different cities of Belgium.
They say I am a French citizen for 25 years, Pakistani for 72 years, and Indian for thousands of years.
Mr. Arif Aajakia married a Karachi girl in 1999, in Karachi and moved to Madrid, Spain. In 2000 again came back to Belgium. In 2001 where he was blessed with a daughter, born in Gent, Belgium.
Then he moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands where in 2003 he was blessed with his second child, a son. His next stoppage was Amiens, France in 2003, where the family lived till 2005.
In the turn of events in 2005, Mr. Aajakia moved back to Karachi, Pakistan, where he contested elections as an MQM’s (Muttahida Qaumi Movement*) party candidate for Naib Nazim (Deputy Mayor) of Jamshed Town, Karachi.
Jamshed Town was the most populated town in Karachi, with an estimated population of approx 1.7 million people. In 2006 after the Mayor of Jamshed Town, Col. Tahir Mashhadi became a Senator in Pakistan Senate, Mr. Aajakia contested and became the Nazim (Mayor) of Jamshed Town.
There he was blessed with his 3rd child, in 2007 in Karachi.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had been the flag bearer of Mohajir nationalism in Pakistan since the party’s founding in 1984 and was considered “anti-national” in Pakistan.
Being a member of the MQM party within his own country was not safe due to the threat. Therefore on his party’s advice, Mr. Arif Aajakia resigned as a mayor as there was a persistent danger to him and his family’s life there.
After his two years’ stay in Karachi and having tasted Pakistan’s Political roles, Mr. Arif Aajikia moved back to Belgium in 2007.
Approx five years later, he decided to move to London in 2012, his present home.
He started his YouTube channel on 1 October 2014 where he raise his voice against the violations of fundamental rights of religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan.
Visit to India
Interview on Sudarshan News
Interview on Jaipur Dialogue
During an interview on a YouTube channel named The Jaipur Dialogue, Mr. Sanjay Dixit asked him about the challenges linked to his work then he said that from the beginning of my journey I always think that I will not survive more than 50 but fortunately I survived 57 in which 7 years is a bonus for me and now I don’t have to worry about the challenges.
|Youtube channel||Arif Aajakia|
|Facebook page||Arif Aajakia|