VISA TO PAKISTAN
The Scene : Two Top American Executives at IBM Offices in United
Alex: Hi John. You didn't come to work yesterday.
John: Yeah. I was at the Pakistani Embassy trying to get my visa.
Alex: Oh, really? What happened? I've heard that these days they
have become very strict.
John: Yeah, but I managed to get it.
Alex: How long did it take to get it stamped?
John: Man, it was a long queue. Bill Gates was waiting in front of
me and they really gave him a hard time. The poor guy even brought
the property papers for his house in Seattle to show them that he
will return to USA. I went there at 4:00 a.m. to get in the queue and
there were tons of people ahead of me.
Alex: Really? In Pakistan, at the US Embassy it only takes an hour
to get a visa for USA.
John: Yeah! But that's because no one in Pakistan would want to come
to USA, except Americans who have taken Pakistani nationality and
want to bring their kids here.
Alex: So, when are you leaving?
John: As soon as I get my tickets from the company in Pakistan. I'm
so excited. I will be getting a chance to finally fly with the
world's fastest growing airline, Pakistan International Airlines
(PIA). Sort of dream come true, you know.
Alex: How long are you planning to stay in Pakistan?
John: What do you mean "how long?" I will try and settle in
Pakistan. My company has promised me that they will process my Green
Book as soon as possible.
Alex: Really? Man, you're lucky. It's very difficult to get the
Green Book in Pakistan. Last year my cousin and his family went there
on a tourist visa and they're not coming back now.
John: Yeah. That's why I'm planning on marrying a Pakistani girl
there and then sponsoring my parents and my brother and sister from
New York to Pakistan.
Alex: But I hear you can find lots of good American girls in Karachi
John: Yeah, but I prefer Pakistani girls. They are so much more
superior to our girls.
Alex: What city are you going to?
John: Karachi. The company has a downtown office. Yeah, the salary
is good but the cost of living is quite high because of all the
people flocking to this high-tech mecca.
Alex: I hear the exchange rate is now $100 to a Rupee! That's just
too much. What about Rawalpindi and Islamabad? What are they like?
John: No idea. But they're cheaper than Karachi, which is the
world's headquarter for information technology now.
Alex: I hear the quality of life in Pakistan is incredible.
John: Yeah, man. You can buy a BMW for Rs.30,000, and a Mercedes for
less than Rs.45,000. But my dream is to purchase a Suzuki Turbo FX-
800 which costs roughly Rs.90,000. But what a sweet design, great
curves, and it purrs to the touch.
Alex: By the way, which company are you gonna work for?
John: Haji Jalal Puttarjee & Bros. Technologies, a pure Pakistani
conglomerate specialising in embedded software.
Alex: Man, you're so lucky to work for a pure Pakistani company.
They are really intelligent and unlike any American body shops that
have opened their fly-by-night outfits in Pakistan. The Pakistani
companies pay you even when you're on the bench. My friend, Paul
Allen, used his bench time to visit the Makran Coast, the most
gorgeous resort in Pakistan, I hear.
John: Yeah, man, you're right. I hope the US learns something from
them and follow in their footsteps. It seems all we do is borrow more
and more money from the Prime Commercial Bank.
Alex: How are you going to cope with their language?
John: I've been learning Urdu since my school days. I always dreamed
that one day I'll head for Pakistan ever since my uncle bought me
that T-Shirt from Islamia College. At the Consulate they tested my
proficiency in Urdu and were quite impressed by my score in U-FEL.
Alex: Boy! You're so damn lucky.
John: Yeah. I'll be travelling in the world's fastest train, Tezgam,
I'll be visiting the world's largest theme park in Changa Manga, and
I'll be visiting the famous Lollywood where I might meet the sons and
daughters of movie legends like Nadeem, Sultan Rahi, Anjuman, Reema
and the late babe, Barbra Sharif.
Alex: You know, the Pakistani President is scheduled to visit USA
next year and I hear that he may increase the number of employment
John: That's very true. Last month, their Labour Minister, Naswar
Khan Pakhtoon, visited the White House and donated Rs.20,000 for the
re-development of the World Trade Centre at Silicon Valley, and has
promised more if we follow the models of the fast developing high-
tech cities, Quetta and Peshawar. Bill Gates was lucky to have a
chance to meet him. Very lucky person.
Alex: Will you be calling on Dave? I hear that he has made it big
there and has a beautiful house on the Lyari River in Karachi.
John: Yeah, I'll be meeting him.
Alex: Anyway, nice chatting to you, John. Good luck, you lucky dog.
John: Yeah, and the same to you, Alex. By the way, don't ever go to
the Pakistani Consulate in the Pakistani local dress because they
will think you're too Pakistanised and may doubt that you will ever
come back, and your application will be rejected. And yes, don't
forget to say to the Visa Officer politely: "Asalam-o-Alaikum. " It
will show them you're a cultured person.