Shabana Sheikh

Born: 1950

Pakistan, India

Date of interview: 11th May 2006

Map showing where Shabana Sheikh came from

What do you feel? Do you feel you are Pakistani? What do you feel your nationality is how do you identify your ... ?

If you ask me who you are I would say I'm just a human being right? And if you are Pakistani or you're English or you're European or Hindu or you're Sikh, any language, any caste, end of the day it's all one, it's all one God and the same manners for everyone, same attitude for everyone. We say, I am from Kenya, I don't know Pakistan because I was only three years old I'm brought up in Kenya and then left Kenya came to England. I've been in England more than anywhere. I've been forty years in England and I say am I English? No people don't say I'm English they say 'Oh you're a Paki' when they talk to you but I say I am a human being even if I'm Pakistani, but my parents are not Pakistanis they are from Kashmir, my grandparents are from Kashmir. So we are not from Pakistan, we are from Kashmir but it's all one. So to me I've never actually bothered me saying who I am, we just want to be good human beings and good people and teach good manners to the children and live in a good atmosphere, work hard work for your living I think. The attitude we always had but I don't know if I'm wrong or right but I have succeeded in that.