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Pakistanis pose as Indians to get hired in the U.S.

At least *this* was a better stereotype...

At least *this* was a better stereotype...

Reuters reports:

Pakistanis pose as Indians after NY bomb scare

(Reuters) – Pakistani merchants and job seekers in the United States, still reeling from economic hardship since the September 11 attacks of 2001, are posing as Indians to avoid discrimination in the wake of the Times Square bomb attempt.

“A lot of Pakistanis can’t get jobs after 9/11 and now it’s even worse,” said Asghar Choudhri, an accountant and chairman of Brooklyn’s Pakistani American Merchant Association. “They are now pretending they are Indian so they can get a job.”

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947, creating hostilities that ordinarily would lead a Pakistani to resent being mistaken for an Indian.

Merchants in New York, many of whom declined to be named, still remember reprisals after September 11. Soon after the attacks, there was a drive-by shooting in Brooklyn at a Pakistani restaurant, which is now closed.

The local merchants association has shrunk to 150 members, from about 250 merchants almost a decade ago.

The FBI also arrested many undocumented workers in the neighborhood, leading to a wave of deportations, and residents would call law enforcement to make claims against their neighbors, including many false claims, Choudhri said…”We are embarrassed that the name of Pakistan came up.”

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  • Saad

    btw auntie,
    azhar, deoband, medina have all given the fatwas you supposedly want to hear, but it seems like you weren’t listening.

  • Saad

    @ auntie,
    btw, violence seems to be endemic in the Western way of life. Look at Iraq (death toll ~1 million), Afghanistan, etc. Israel and Palestine. Seems like nothing has really changed.

  • Saad

    @ auntie,
    It is shocking to read some of these things coming from one who identifies with the West. Perhaps, auntie, you should go and read a little bit of your own history. Start with from the genocide of the Native Americans in both North America and South America and of the Aboriginals in Australia and of Southern Africa. Then read about the brutal colonization in Africa and Asia. Then please go look at yourself in the mirror and comment on how the West creates and establishes stereotypes of Muslims in general as violent people on the basis of a few individuals and ignores the larger part of Western history which would point to it as having, hands down, the more violent history.

  • the nasty elements within islam have blackened its name and given it a horrible public image, other than beslan bali 9/11 7/7 madrid there have been thousands of act of violence done in the name of islam. there are at least a couple of events a week that we get to hear of in the uk news so god knows whats happening to minorities in out of the way places like copticegypt iran pakistan etc that we never even get to hear of.
    the only way i can see any dent being made in this public image is for a great public gathering in al azar univerity or the grand mosque in mecca or other great symbolic place…of a mass of clerics imams etc who would all issue a unified fatwa utterly condemning violence done in the name of islam and permanently repudiating & oulawing violent jihad and repudiating the doctrine concerning dar al islam /dar al harb. only something that stupendously newsworthy could make a real dent in islam’s violent public image.

    it could actually be a an opportunity for islam to draw a line in the sand and create quite a big positive vibe that muslims could trumpet in the west.

  • Sir David

    yawn@lawrence, are you still here misrepresenting everything you think you read?

  • A bad name is worse than the bad deeds.The terrorist deeds of Muslims have given them a bad name which is quite understandable.Terrorism is the inherent part of Islam through JIHAD to conquer the whole world for Islam.If the crusaders wake up before it is too late,the Muslims can face the same fate as during the crusades.The word JIHAD should be taken out of the dictionary of Islam.IT is too provocative to say the least.

  • Leonora

    That’s interesting, since there are nearly as many Muslims in India as there are in Pakistan. I’m just assuming that the people who would hire an Indian over a Pakistani feel that all Muslims are terrorists and all Pakistani’s are Muslims, ergo…

    @Pakistanis Sow…
    YOu mean “sew?”

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