“The people here had no clue about Pakistanis. After 9/11, the Pakistani community and the Muslim community had become isolated. But we worked here, and told local Americans about who we were. There are 100,000 Pakistanis in Houston, and nearly a quarter of a million Muslims. We have a very good, strong position. We have doctors, engineers, businessmen. In fact, Pakistanis own 80% to 90% of the gas stations in Houston.”
Siddiqi’s family too has been the victim of crime. In 2010, his brother-in-law was shot dead at his convenience store. Siddiqi was the only Pakistani when he was part of the Houston Police Department. Now, seeing him as a role model, more Muslims and Pakistanis have joined the force.