10th July 18:57
Great News! The U.S. Is Losing Its Appeal To PAKIS! Now If OnlyThey'd Get Lost ...
And if the other Muslim nations' people could become similarly
disillusioned with the U.S., we might all feel safer here stateside.
But, lots o' luck to them finding other places to work, travel, attend
college -- and MOOCH!
Maybe Allah'll look after 'em!
Allah willing ...
"Many disillusioned Pakistanis look beyond U.S. for work, travel and
By Tara Bahrampour and Pamela Constable
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 24, 2010; A12
A series of international terrorism incidents linked to Pakistanis,
including a failed car bombing this month in Times Square, has
prompted many Pakistanis who once had deep ties to the United States
to look elsewhere for work, education and travel. It has also left
some Pakistani Americans feeling uneasy in their adopted homeland.
The stress of living under suspicion has had a palpable effect,
Pakistani American community leaders say. Travel agents say bookings
between Pakistan and the United States are down, and U.S. visa
applications for travel from Pakistan appear to be dwindling. Though
the U.S. government has ended a policy implemented after an attempted
Christmas Day airplane bombing that involved extra scrutiny for
travelers from 14 countries, including Pakistan, many Pakistanis still
feel they are being watched.
Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad "has put us all in this
situation where everyone will look at us Pakistani Americans and
wonder if they have any connection," said Shaista Mahmood, 54, a
community leader who lives in Mount Vernon.
In Pakistan, increased scrutiny of visas and more stringent U.S.
airport searches have exacerbated feelings of rejection and
discomfort. Many Pakistanis say they do not want to travel to the
United States anymore, whether to study, visit relatives or take once-
Anger and anxiety
"All these U.S. policies have given a whole generation of Pakistanis
the psyche that the United States doesn't want us," said Arsalan
Ishtiaq, a visa adviser in the city of Rawalpindi who has not received
a single U.S. student visa inquiry in two years. "Not only is it much
harder to get a visa now, but the few who do get them worry they may
get in trouble or implicated in something if they go."
A dozen technology students in Islamabad and Rawalpindi who once would
have given anything to work in the United States said they were
instead seeking jobs in Britain, Australia, Canada or the United Arab
Emirates. Several said they had heard about humiliating searches at
U.S. airports and spoke angrily of Pakistanis being branded as
Islamist radicals. The Times Square incident, they said, was the last
"Now the Americans will think we are all terrorists," said Asalan
Khan, 21, who recently completed a course in cellphone technology and
plans to work in South Africa. "Why should we study so hard, take all
those tests and pay all those expenses if they are not going to
The Times Square incident has generated hundreds of comments by
bloggers, columnists and others in Pakistan. Some were perplexed and
angry that an apparently successful Pakistani American might be
connected to the bomb plot; others warned of new crackdowns and
Some younger Pakistanis said friends in the United States have told
prospective employers that they are of Indian origin to avoid
problems. Others said relatives who are longtime U.S. residents have
faced criticism from friends still living in Pakistan, whose views
have become much more anti-American in recent years.
"My uncle has been living in the United States for years," said Akmal
Abassi, an English language instructor and visa adviser in Rawalpindi.
"He still admires the American values of freedom and equality, but now
it is much harder for him to convince people here at home." Abassi
says the majority of his students now seek advanced degrees in
Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis have relatives in the United
States, and several said they have decided not to visit them for now,
to avoid unpleasant encounters.
'As a parent, it gets scary'
There has been no shift in the number of U.S. citizens of Pakistani
origin seeking visas to travel to their native land, said Nadeem
Haider Kiani, a spokesman for the Pakistani Embassy in Washington. But
he said that such a shift would be hard to gauge until this summer.
"Most travel to Pakistan during summer vacation, so we'll have to wait
and see," he said.
None of those interviewed in Pakistan said their family members in the
United States had encountered personal problems with U.S. authorities.
But Adnan Khan, who has lived in the United States for 28 years, said
that this summer, for the first time, he will send his wife and
daughter alone on the regular family visit to Pakistan and keep his 19-
year-old son with him in Walnut, Calif.
"Reports coming out now are that it's five or six hours in the
airport," he said, referring to tales of Pakistani travelers, usually
young men, being detained for questioning. The last time the Khan
family returned from Pakistan, three years ago, the son was pulled
aside for questioning. It unsettled the father. "Why is he being
separated and why am I not included?" said Khan, president of the
Council of Pakistan American Affairs. "As a parent, it gets scary."
The effects of the negative publicity could be lasting, Khan said.
"We're going to have a whole generation of kids . . . growing up
seeing their parents sitting down every night and the discussion was
this whole terrorism thing," he said. "I think they'll need therapy,
once this war ends, telling them they're not terrorists."
[Constable reported from Pakistan.]