I went to the Pakistani embassy in new york a few days ago and the trip was memorable. As I was walking towards it [without knowing where it was], I noticed a big Pakistani flag hanging from a building that could cover almost the whole sidewalk. I got a huge smile on my face as I didn't really expect this and seeing such site in the heart of New York City really impressed me. As i walked in i noticed that it looked nothing like a New York building inside. It in fact felt like I was in some building back home. There were several paintings and pictures on the wall but 3 out stood them all. First was the painting of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. I could not keep my eyes off his painting. There was something too it that dragged me to it. As I looked closely I noticed that Jinnah's eyes were squinting as he was trying to look for something. As all portraits in the world, Jinnah's portrait was looking at it's viewer. As i continued to look at his eyes for one reason; his eyes sent a strong vibe throughout my body. It was pride mixed with fear, with some point of disappointment at me, and greatly; Inspiration. The 2 other pictures that caught my eye were far right from Jinnah and were of our current Prime Minister Yousaf Gilani and current President Asif Zardari. As i looked at them i just couldn't ignore my disgust toward them. I mean here you have a man who found a nation out of scratch that would secure the rights of millions of people and then you have pictures of people who don't even understand the nation's importance. I looked back at Jinnah and remembered his history as great barrister and a amazing politician who sacrificed the relationship with his daughter to help his new born nation. Then i looked back at the the two leaders of Pakistan today, one who served over 5 years in prison [charged for corruption] [Gilani], and the other who has a long history of corruption, never went to college [made up a fake one], and possibly killed his own wife for power [Zardari]. My trip was awed by the beauty of the place as well as Jinnah's portrait but disappointed by 2 infidels who don't belong in power.
Caught Between a Rock and an Immigrant Identity
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