- A BRIEF SUMMARY OF MY ARTICLE FOR NON-URDU READERS My column, as published below on the Urdu Net, Tokyo, is based on my personal experiences with the AmericanMessage 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2006View Source
A BRIEF SUMMARY OF MY ARTICLE FOR NON-URDU READERS
My column, as published below on the Urdu Net, Tokyo, is based on my personal experiences with the American Embassy in Tokyo. It was a surprise for me and my wife to receive an invitation of Iftar Party from the American Ambassador and his wife at his residence. The surprise was due to the fact that I was deported from the Los Angeles airport despite a valid visa after 9/11 events. I must have been a persona-non-grata in the eyes of the American embassy. As I was invited because of being Chairman of Japan Muslim Peace Federation, which had held a street demonstration and procession against the Denmark embassy in Tokyo to protest against the humiliating cartoons of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and maybe because of my succesful dialogue with the Danish ambassador at the forum of and under the sponsorship of the Foreign Correspondents Press Club under the presidentship of New York Times Correpondent in Tokyo, which had left favorable and sympathetic impressions about Islam with the audience. As such an event of dialogue was not held in any other part of the world, it was treated as a top priority news over NHK, national television of Japan, in 9 O'Clock news.
I had received an Immigration Visa, which had made me eligible for a Green Card in the USA, some time in June 2001. When I reached Los Angles airport at the end of December, 2001, I was told that the American embassy had cancelled it without any information to me in Tokyo. I was put in Immigration Jail for one night, as no flight for my deportation back to Tokyo was available on that day. My crime was that I was a Muslim with a beard and dared to visit USA after 9/11 events of 2001. Before attending his Iftar Party, I faxed a letter to the American Ambassador in Tokyo to correct his embassy record about me. My Web site is full of anti-Americansim as all the Democrats and over 70 percent American nationals are against Bush policies, but if I am a terrorist in his records, then better cancel my invitation or otherwise restore my Visa so that I can see my two daughters living in USA for over 20 years. I talked about this matter with tha Ambassador in the Iftar Party. He assured me of his cooperation to tell any one of his Visa Officers to call me and set an appointment with me and look into the matter what the case is. Now, three weeks after the Iftar party, I am still waiting for the promised call.
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